• What is Maintenance of Certification and Who Determines the Requirements?

    The Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program for ophthalmology was developed by ophthalmologists for ophthalmologists as part of a system of physician professional self-regulation. Specific activities are created and administered by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) and its teams of ophthalmic subject matter experts to meet standards established by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for continuing certification programs.

    The ABO is a separate entity from the Academy and is an independent, nonprofit organization responsible for certifying ophthalmologists (eye physicians and surgeons). The American Academy of Ophthalmology is a membership organization and does not have purview over MOC requirements or processes. 

    Visit the ABO’s Getting Started page for details about the MOC process and requirements.

    If you have questions about your individual certification requirements please contact the ABO or review the ABO’s FAQs for MOC.

    How to Contact the American Board of Ophthalmology

    For additional updates and information from the ABO, visit diplomatedigest.com.

    What Does the Academy Offer to Support Me with MOC?

    Some members may wish to practice or study for the ABO’s Quarterly Questions program, which is a learning activity and an MOC assessment tool administered by the ABO.

    The following activities may be helpful preparation for Quarterly Questions, obtaining self-assessment CME credit, an MOC requirement, and for tracking CME:

    CME for MOC Participation

    Physicians may be able to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ directly from the AMA for learning that occurs as a result of ABMS member board certification or recertification. Please contact the AMA for a direct credit application and submit all required documentation to the AMA.