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2013 MOC: PQRS and the MOC Matters Website
Visit the MOC Matters Website to fulfill and document your 2013 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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Initial Certification in Brain Injury Medicine

The purpose of the ABPN’s initial certification examination is to test the qualifications of candidates in brain injury medicine. Brain Injury Medicine entails the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of individuals with acquired brain injury.

New Certification Information
• Effective January 1, 2012, ABPN will require a physician to become Board certified within seven years following successful completion of ACGME-accredited or ABPN approved residency training in their primary specialty or ACGME accredited subspecialty.
• Graduates can take the ABPN Certification Examination as many times as allowed during the 7-year period.
• Individuals who have completed an accredited residency program prior to January 1, 2012 will have until January 1, 2019 to become board certified.
• Individuals who do not become certified during the 7-year period (or before January 1, 2019 for those who completed residency training before January 1, 2012) will be required to (1) repeat the required clinical skills evaluations; and (2) complete one stage of MOC (90 CME credits, 24 self-assessment CME credits, and 1 PIP Unit that includes a clinical and feedback module) in order to be credentialed to take the ABPN Certification Examination.

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Initial Certification in Brain Injury Medicine

A. History and Statement of Principles 
In September 2011, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) approved the application cosponsored by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) to offer subspecialty certification in Brain Injury Medicine. This was done to officially establish the field of brain injury medicine as a definite area of subspecialization in psychiatry, neurology, child neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and to provide a means of identifying properly trained and experienced physicians in brain injury medicine.

The actual mechanics of certification of qualified candidates have been delegated by the Board to the Committee, which operates under the supervision of and in accordance with the policies of the Boards.

The examination will be administered to candidates who have maintained certification by the ABPMR or by the ABPN, in neurology, neurology with special qualification in child neurology, or psychiatry or maintained subspecialty certification in sports medicine through any of the following ABMS Boards: the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), or the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM). The examination will be administered at the same time in the same testing centers. Participation in the certification program is voluntary. Certification is not required of practitioners in this field, and the certificate does not convey privilege to practice.

B. Certification Requirements
To achieve certification in brain injury medicine (BIM), candidates from the ABPN must hold a valid certificate in psychiatry, neurology or neurology with special qualification in child neurology and fulfill all of the following requirements:

NOTE: Diplomates from the ABPMR should contact that Board for information regarding certification requirements. Diplomates in sports medicine should contact their respective board, ABIM, ABFM, ABP, or ABEM.

Applicants may qualify for examination by submitting documentation of successful completion of one year of fellowship training in brain injury medicine completed in a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The brain injury medicine fellow must have satisfactorily completed an ACGME-accredited psychiatry, neurology, child neurology, or ABPN approved combined residency prior to entering the brain injury medicine program. Training or exposure to brain injury medicine given to psychiatry, neurology or child neurology residents as part of their basic psychiatry, neurology or child neurology curriculum does not count toward the one year of brain injury medicine training. Training must be completed by July 31 of the year of the examination.

C. Temporary Criteria (Specific Requirements during the "Grandfathering Period")

During the “grandfathering period” (for the first five years in which the BIM examination is administered), as an alternative to one year of ACGME-accredited fellowship training in brain injury medicine, applicants may qualify for examination in brain injury medicine if they can provide the following:

OR

The specialized training in brain injury medicine may be completed on a part-time basis, as long as it is not less than half-time; credit is not given for periods of training lasting less than one year, except under special circumstances that must be approved by the ABPN Credentials Committee. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide detailed documentation from the respective training directors that outlines training content, duties, and responsibilities. Each case is considered on an individual basis.

D. Training Pathway (Specific Training Requirements after the “grandfathering” period)
After the “grandfathering” period, applicants for certification in brain injury medicine must:

The specialized training in brain injury medicine may be completed on a part-time basis, as long as it is not less than half-time; credit is not given for periods of training lasting less than one year, except under special circumstances that must be approved by the ABPN Credentials Committee. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide detailed documentation from the respective training directors that outlines training content, duties, and responsibilities. Each case is considered on an individual basis.

NOTE: Candidates who applied under the temporary criteria who fail the examination may reapply for the examination after the temporary criteria has expired.

E. Examination Content
The initial certification in brain injury medicine will be administered via computer at Pearson VUE testing centers. Candidates are assessed in all areas of brain injury medicine. Full details regarding information about examination content will be available tentatively in early 2014.

F. Recognition of Successful Diplomates
Successful ABPN diplomates will be awarded a Certificate in the Subspecialty of Brain Injury Medicine and enrolled in the Continuous Pathway to Lifelong Learning Program (C-MOC)

G. Maintenance of Certification
To renew ABPN certification in brain injury medicine, diplomates must hold a valid certificate in their primary ABPN specialty and complete the ABPN requirements for maintenance of certification (MOC). Learn additional information about MOC requirements.