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. 

What does your CME Activity need to be eligible for MOC? 
  • The activity must be designated for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
  • The activity is planned in the context of one or more of the ACGME/ABMS Competencies (listed above)
  • The activity must be relevant to learners certified by the specific board CC requested 
  • The activity is free of commercial bias and control of a commercial interest 
  • The activity includes an evaluation that is designed to assess changes in learners' competence, performance or the impact on patient outcomes 

Currently, Geisinger Center for Continuing Education provides Continuous Certification for Diplomates of the American Board of Surgery with plans to expand our offerings in the near future.

For a list of Regularly Scheduled Series activities that offer MOC, click here




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

If you believe your activity would quality for MOC, please review the CME for MOC program guide below for board-specific requirements and contact CCE (cce@geisinger.edu). 

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