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2014 MOC: PQRS and the MOC Matters Website
Visit the MOC Matters Website to fulfill and document your 2014 MOC and PQRS requirements. It consists of the MOC: PQRS Attestation Module, the PQRS Registry Module and the Patient Experience of Care Survey Module. As an added feature, the freestanding Patient Survey Module is available to diplomates of all Member Boards, whether or not the diplomates are participating in MOC:PQRS. The Website also includes an updated MOC:PQRS Facts & FAQs.
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Candidates in Neurology/Child Neurology, Psychiatry, Psychiatry Part II
Candidates are those in the field of Neurology/Child Neurology or Psychiatry, who are seeking ABPN Board Certification. All candidates will need to complete and submit an application in order to qualify for an examination. Each application will be reviewed by the credentials department. Candidates become diplomates after passing their examination. Diplomates will then begin the process of maintenance of certification.

Neurology/Child Neurology: Subspecialties in neurology/child neurology include; clinical neurophysiology, brain injury medicine, epilepsy, hospice and palliative medicine, neurodevelopmental disabilities, neuromuscular medicine, pain medicine, sleep medicine, and vascular neurology.

Psychiatry: Subspecialties in psychiatry include; addiction psychiatry, brain injury medicine, child and adolescent psychiatry, clinical neurophysiology, forensic pyschiatry, geriatric psychiatry, hospice and palliative medicine, pain medicine, psychosomatic medicine, and sleep medicine.

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Candidates in Neurology/Child Neurology

Changes in Neurology and Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology Examinations.

New credentialing process effective for residents who entered residency training in neurology (PGY-2) or child neurology (PGY-3) on or after July 1, 2005.

ABPN has made changes in the credentialing process effective for residents who entered residency training in neurology (PGY-2) or child neurology (PGY-3) on or after July 1, 2005. Some of the clinical skills evaluations (see below) that are currently conducted in the Part II examination will now take place within the residency program, and the residents will be required to submit documentation of satisfactory performance in the evaluation of clinical skills as part of the ABPN credentialing process. Assessment of other clinical skills will be integrated into a new computer-administered certification examination beginning in 2008. Candidates who successfully pass this computer-administered examination will be awarded a ten-year, time-limited certificate in their respective specialty. [more]

The neurology/child neurology certification examination is a 420-item, multiple-choice examination administered via computer for eight hours, including a 55-minute scheduled break at Pearson VUE testing centers. The Board advises applicants, in writing, of acceptance to the examination.

Pearson VUE testing in Neurology
Screen shots (1 through 4) are available to view of the Pearson VUE portal for the new format neurology certification examination. [more]

Video Vignette sample in Neurology
A 45-year-old man, shown in the video, comes to the emergency department with acute onset of double vision. [more]


Candidates in 2012 Psychiatry Certification

The 2012 Psychiatry Certification Examination is a 500-item, multiple-choice examination administered via computer at Pearson VUE testing centers. Duration of the examination is nine-and-one-half hours, including a 45-minute break and onscreen instructions before both the morning and afternoon sections of the examination. The Board advises applicants, in writing, of acceptance to the examination.

Sample Screens
Sample screens are available for viewing the new psychiatry certification examination. [more]

Video Vignette sample in Psychiatry
A 49-year-old married man is evaluated for stress at work. [more]


Candidates in Psychiatry Part II

The Part I examination is a 420-item, multiple-choice, examination administered via computer for eight hours, including a 55-minute break followed by 5 minutes on-screen instructions at Pearson VUE testing centers. The Board advises applicants, inwriting, of acceptance to the examination.

Psychiatry Part II examination changes became effective with the May 2006 examination. A vignette section replaced the former audiovisual hour.

Psychiatry Part II Oral Examination Sections and Content
Psychiatry candidates take two sections, each approximately one hour long:

Video Vignette sample in Psychiatry II
An 18-year-old unmarried woman comes to a local community mental health center with her three-week-old daughter. [more]