Are You Registered for MOC?

If you have a time-limited certificate, no matter when it expires, you should be somewhere in the 10-year Maintenance of Certification (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 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, to hospital administrators, and to state officials. If MOC participation is required as a condition of licensure or credentialing, your name should be on that list.

Registering is easy. Simply stop by the ABOS booth located in Moscone North Hall, 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.