About MOC

Maintenance of Certification, also known as Continuing or Continuous Certification, is the process by which a physician who has initially become board certified in the specialty practice of their choice maintains their board certification status. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Program for MOC involves ongoing measurement of six core competencies defined by ABMS and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). 

  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement 
  • Patient Care and Procedural Skills 
  • Systems-based Practice 
  • Medical Knowledge 
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills 
  • Professionalism 

An Introduction

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) has collaborated with some of the member boards of the ABMS to facilitate the integration of accredited CME and MOC. These collaborations enable CME providers to add value for their physician learners by offering educational activities that count for both CME credit and MOC credit. 

Accredited CME providers (GEISINGER) are/is not required to submit MOC applications for approval to the certifying boards that are collaborating with the ACCME. Instead, CME providers can use the ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to register activities for these programs and report learner completion data that is then made available to the certifying boards. 


Currently, Geisinger Center for Continuing Education is working on the American Board of Surgery MOC with plans to expand our offerings in the near future.

For more information about Continuous Certification for ABS, please visit their webpage

PDF icon CME for Maintenance of Certification Program Guide by the ACCME

Guide for the boards collaborating with the ACCME; includes board-specific requirements.