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What is Maintenance of Certification?

In 2001 the American Board of Medical Specialties voted unanimously to expand on and replace recertification programs with Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs - more comprehensive programs to assess the ongoing competence of physician specialists and their ability to provide quality health care in six general competencies:

  • Medical knowledge
  • Patient care
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Practice-based learning and improvements
  • System-based practice

In the past, the certification process required successful completion of an approved educational program, an unrestricted medical license as evidence of professional standing, and passing the certification examination. Now nuclear medicine professionals can no longer simply take an exam to renew a certificate; lifelong learning must be documented.

The American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM) MOC program is a process designed to document that nuclear medicine physicians maintain the necessary competencies to provide quality patient care in nuclear medicine. It is now an ongoing process and will require the assessment and improvement of practice performance by nuclear medicine physicians, as well as other physician specialists who wish to be certified, and/or maintain their certification, in nuclear medicine.

MOC utilizes four components to evaluate the six competencies:


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