Maintenance of Certification

physiciantablet_960x540If you are a physician, chances are, you are familiar with the term maintenance of certification or MOC.

MOC is a recurring system used to assess physician professional development and improvement.

The program is based on the measurement of six core competencies defined by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The six competencies are: 1) Practice-based learning and improvement, 2) Patient care and procedural skills, 3) Systems-based practice, 4) Medical knowledge, 5) Interpersonal and communication skills, and 6) Professionalism. The criteria and curriculum for this process are set by the ABMS’ 24 member boards and consists of a four-part framework:

  • Part I: Professionalism and Professional Standing
  • Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment
  • Part III: Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills
  • Part IV: Improvement in Medical Practice

Each member board dictates the activities needed to fulfill these competencies based on a 10-year cycle. This process applies to all primary and subspecialty physicians boarded on or after January 1, 2006.

Why is this important to know? The demand for activities that fulfill this framework will continue to increase as more physicians enter the field. Because each board determines the activities that fulfill recertification, the requirements for providers differ based on the specialty of the accredited program.

Mayo Medical Laboratories (MML) is addressing these needs by offering programs that fulfill requirements for the American Board of Pathology (ABPath).

Specifically, MML Education programs currently provide Part II – Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (Self-Assessment Modules [SAMs]) credit for:

  • Laboratory Quality
  • Cardiovascular

Additional modules are currently being completed and will be added periodically.

If you’d like information or have questions, visit our website or contact the Mayo Medical Laboratories Education Department at or (507) 284-3156.

Sharon Preuss (@sharonpreuss)

Sharon Preuss

Sharon Preuss, Manager - Education, leads the Mayo Medical Laboratories Education Department which is responsible for live conferences, on-demand education, and education platform development.