AAOS and ABOS help you Manage your MOC

By: Maureen Geoghegan

Maureen Geoghegan

Confused about where you are in your 10-year certification cycle? Wondering what all the talk about Maintenance of Certification (MOC) really means for you? Preparing for your recertification exam? The 2012 Annual Meeting presents several opportunities to improve your understanding of MOC and your CME and self-assessment requirements. You’ll also find a variety of resources available to help you plan, manage, and achieve MOC.

Does MOC apply to you? Chances are, yes.
If you have a time-limited certificate, no matter when it expires, you should be somewhere in the 10-year MOC cycle—and you should be registered as a participant in MOC. Even if you have a lifetime certificate, you should be registered as a participant in MOC—whether you plan to take the oral or written exam someday or not.

Here’s why: Beginning in August 2012, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) will post the names of physicians who have registered to participate in MOC. This information will be available to the public, hospital administrators, and state officials. If MOC participation is required as a condition of licensure or credentialing, your name should be on that list.

Registering is free and easy. Simply stop by the ABOS booth located in Moscone North, Exhibit Level Concourse—and get it done. Or visit the ABOS website ( and click on the “How to Sign up for MOC” icon at the top of the screen. Follow the prompts to register as an MOC participant.

Making sense of MOC
Still have questions about your MOC status? Talk with reps from the ABOS and receive a step-by-step timeline of your requirements, based on your certificate’s expiration year. Visit the ABOS booth located in Moscone North, Exhibit Level Concourse. The booth is staffed until 6 p.m. daily (until 4 p.m. on Friday).

Shepard Hurwitz, MD, ABOS Executive Director, will explain the MOC program and field questions daily at the AAOS Resource Center Theater, Moscone West, Lobby Level 1. Stop by at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, or 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Attend the symposium “Understanding Maintenance of Certification” (Thursday, Feb. 9, 1:30 p.m., Moscone South, Room 307). Members of the ABOS Board of Directors will address the importance of MOC, the critical deadlines you face, how to satisfy the “Performance in Practice” case list requirements, and how the ABOS and AAOS are working together to facilitate MOC.

CME, self-assessment, and exam preparation
If you need more CME or additional credits from a Scored and Recorded Self-Assessment activity—or if you are looking for study aids for the recertification exam—be sure to visit the AAOS Resource Center in Moscone West, Lobby Level 1. Select from a variety of AAOS CME and study programs, including 11 Scored and Recorded Self-Assessment examinations, Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 10, Comprehensive Orthopaedic Review with Study Questions, and a variety of electronic media learning programs.

Look for the Learning Portfolio
The AAOS and ABOS are developing a new online service to help you manage your CME requirements over the 10-year MOC cycle. The free program—the Learning Portfolio with MOC Manager—will stage your 10-year certification cycle and track your earned CME credits, provide an opportunity for you to claim CME activities you have completed, and offer recommendations for additional educational and test-prep opportunities based on your preferences. Watch for a rollout later this spring.

Can’t wait? Stop by the Member Services booth or the Examinations/MOC kiosk (AAOS Resource Center, Moscone West, Lobby Level 1) to view this developing online service. Your feedback and ideas are welcome to further refine this new member benefit to fit your needs.

Maureen Geoghegan is a marketing manager in the AAOS marketing department.