Who is affected?
Ophthalmologists who were board certified after July 1, 1992 are required to participate in the MOC process. Participation in MOC is open to ophthalmologists certified prior to 1992 on a voluntary basis. To enroll in MOC, visit the ABO's Web site.
Because the program for MOC has evolved over time, two 10-year tracks for MOC are currently in place. The requirements for each track are based on the expiration date of diplomates' current certificate.
- MOC Track 1 (diplomates with certificate expiration dates on or before 12/31/2020)
- MOC Track 2 (diplomates with certificate expiration dates on or after 12/31/2021)
The ABO recently announced
several changes to the MOC process including:
- Periodic Ophthalmic Review Tests (PORTs) are no longer required activities for recertification, effective immediately
- Demonstration of Ophthalmic Cognitive Knowledge (DOCK) Examination will be phased out as soon as practicable
- A new longitudinal assessment program, Quarterly Questions, will eventually replace the DOCK Exam, and is available to all diplomates in pilot format
Note: Diplomates who are on track to recertify in 2017 should complete the DOCK exam, but will have the option to take the test remotely from their home or office.
The questions for the DOCK exam and Quarterly Questions Pilot are based on the MOC Content Outline
developed by the ABO.
Academy MOC Essentials
resources help you meet MOC requirements, prepare for the DOCK exam or the new Quarterly Questions pilot program, and earn CME credits.
These resources are based on the Practicing Ophthalmologists Curriculum (POC), a knowledge base developed by teams of practicing ophthalmologists, who are members of the Academy. The POC comprises the most clinically relevant information that practicing ophthalmologists in each subspecialty need to know to remain clinically current. The POC is based on the MOC Content Outline
and organized by practice emphasis area (i.e., subspecialty).
CME for MOC Participation
In addition, physicians may be able to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ directly from the AMA for learning that occurs because of American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member board certification or recertification through Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Please contact the AMA for a direct credit application and submit all required documentation to the AMA.