The ABPN 2015 Annual Report is now available. The report details ABPN programs, committees and initiatives, exam results and statistics, messages from outgoing directors and 2015 administrative fellows and other Board activities.
ABPN Diplomates can now choose any Clinical Module OR Feedback Module activity listed on the website to satisfy the requirement for one Improvement in Medical Practice (PIP) activity every three years. Effective immediately, this development now gives diplomates more flexibility with the Part IV requirement for their maintenance of certification.
The application and detailed information about the 2017-2018 ABPN Faculty Innovation in Education Awards are now available on this website. The ABPN Faculty Innovation in Education Award supports the development of innovative education and/or evaluation projects that promote effective residency/fellowship training or lifelong learning of practicing psychiatrists and neurologists. Due date for the application and requested materials is August 15, 2016. The recipient of the awards will be announced by November 15, 2016, with funding to start on January 1, 2017.
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN) is pleased to announce the creation of the ABPN Research Award. This award supports research projects related to the mission of the ABPN, which is to develop and provide valid and reliable procedures for certification and maintenance of certification in psychiatry and neurology.
For more information, see our ABPN Awards Programs page
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN) announces its 2016 Board of Directors. Kailie R. Shaw, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of South Florida, was named Chair. Noor A. Pirzada, MD, Professor of Neurology at the University of Toledo in Toledo, OH was elected Vice Chair.
The ABPN has appointed four practicing board certified psychiatrists and four practicing board certified neurologists to its new MOC Clinical Advisory Committee. The new committee will work with ABPN to provide suggestions and feedback on how MOC impacts their practice and potentially improves patient care.
Chosen from nominations by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Neurology, the appointees will be invited to participate in the ABPN Crucial Issues Forum on Maintenance of Certification in April 2016. Those appointed include:
For more information, read the MOC Clinical Advisory Committee release. Congratulations to all.
The ABPN has issued two new brochures documenting speaker perspectives and discussion summaries during both the 2014 and 2015 ABPN Crucial Issue Forums. PDF versions of the 2014 ABPN Crucial Issues Forum brochure and the 2015 ABPN Crucial Issues Forum brochure are available on the website. Printed copies are also available upon request. For more information, read the ABPN Crucial Issues Forum brochures release.
ABPN is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016-17 ABPN Faculty Innovation in Education Award (previously known as the Faculty Fellowship Award). The award is intended to support the development of innovative education and/or evaluation projects that promote effective residency/fellowship training or lifelong learning of practicing psychiatrists and neurologists. Each year, the selection committee chooses up to two psychiatry and two neurology fellows for the two-year fellowship. For more information, read 2016-17 ABPN Faculty Innovation in Education Awards release.
The ABPN has added a second administration of several Maintenance of Certification exams to satisfy requests from diplomates who would like to sit for the exam within a given year. Diplomates who are due to sit for the Psychiatry, Neurology or Child Neurology exam in 2016 can now apply for the February 2016 exam or the October/November 2016 exam. Diplomates who are due to sit for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry exam in 2016 can choose from the April 2016 or October/November 2016 exam.
The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) is a federal quality reporting program developed by Center for Medicare Services (CMS) as a voluntary pay-for-reporting program that provided a financial incentive to physicians and other eligible professionals who report data on quality measures for covered services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries. Reporting during the 2015 PQRS program year will be used to determine whether a negative adjustment (penalty) applies in 2017. 2015 PQRS data submissions must be completed no later than February 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EST. By registering with the PQRSwizard MedConcert website, diplomates of any ABMS Member Board can save $100 off the $299 Health Care Provider user access fee. For more information, visit the CMS website.
The ABPN Board of Directors has decided to make the Feedback Module an OPTIONAL component of Part IV in its Maintenance of Certification Program (the PIP Unit). As of January 1, 2016, the Feedback Module (patient or peer surveys) will become a highly recommended yet optional component for all ABPN diplomates enrolled in Maintenance of Certification. The Part IV Clinical Module component (chart review) will remain a requirement, with additional approved activities now available on our website. This change is in compliance with current MOC Standards as mandated by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. has unveiled a redesigned website at www.abpn.com.
ABPN President and CEO Larry R. Faulkner, M.D. responds to the American Board of Internal Medicine's announcement about changes to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. Click here to read the full letter to diplomates.
For additional information, read the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Statement: ABMS' Commitment to Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) on www.abms.org
Two new MOC presentations from ABPN and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) explain ABPN MOC program requirements and describe related products developed by the APA. Additional presentations will be available in the future.
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) announces its 2015 Board of Directors. Ann Tilton, MD, Professor of Clinical Neurology, Section Chief of Child Neurology, and Director of the Child Neurology Fellowship Program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, was named Chair. Robert W. Guynn, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, was elected Vice-Chair.
The ABPN has established a faculty fellowship program to support the development of innovative education and/or evaluation projects that promote effective training or lifelong learning of psychiatrists and neurologists. Information about the 2016-17 fellowships is now available on our ABPN Awards Program page. Please direct any questions to Dorthea Juul, PhD.
Beginning in 2014, diplomates are required to use only ABPN-approved products for Self-Assessment and Improvement in Medical Practice activities. Read more about the latest updates to our MOC Program.
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has now made it easier for diplomates with a lifetime certification to participate in the new Continuous Maintenance of Certification Program (C-MOC).
Lifetime diplomates who choose to join the C-MOC program will now have three (3) years to take, and pass an MOC exam. Previously, lifetime diplomates were required to pass an MOC exam in order to participate in the C-MOC program. In addition to the MOC exam, the diplomate is required to complete one block of MOC activities within the 3-year period.
This option is only available to lifetime diplomates who do not currently have any time-limited certificates in another specialty, or subspecialty, and who are not currently participating in MOC. The diplomate will be required to update their license information in the ABPN Physician Folios system, register for C-MOC and begin paying the annual C-MOC fee. In order to take advantage of this option, the diplomate will need to log into the Physician Folios system, click on the MOC Menu link and follow the instructions.
Physicians are now required to become Board certified within seven years following successful completion of ACGME-accredited or ABPN approved residency training in their primary specialty.
For candidates and diplomates
• Apply for an exam
• Update and track MOC information
For training directors and coordinators
• Update resident training details
• Print Graduate Performance Reports
For the public and credentialers
• Search for Board certified doctors
• Verify certification status