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Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

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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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Initial Certification in Psychiatry
The purpose of the ABPN’s initial certification examination is to test the qualifications of candidates in psychiatry. Psychiatry specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders, emotional disorders, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance-related disorders, sexual and gender identity disorders and adjustment disorders. Biologic, psychological, and social components of illnesses are explored and understood in treatment of the whole person. Tools used may include diagnostic laboratory tests, prescribed medications, evaluation and treatment of psychological and interpersonal problems with individuals and families, and intervention for coping with stress, crises, and other problems.

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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Specific Requirements
Specific requirements for certification are described in detail in the Information for Applicants (IFA) publications. These publications and corresponding applications are revised each year and are available as pdf files.

Additionally, the ABPN annually revises content outlines of topics that will be covered in each examination that is offered. These publications may be downloaded from the Content Outlines page. The ABPN also maintains core competencies outlines for its specialties and subspecialties.

Quick Reference Links: PDF files can be found on the forms page.
Examination Materials:
bullet Examination Applications
bullet Examination Schedules
bullet Information for Applicants
bullet Important Dates
bullet Content Outlines
bullet Core Competency Outlines
Sample Questions and Videos
Psychiatry Clinical Skills Evaluations (CSE) During Residency:
General CSE Information
bullet Requirements (PDF)
bullet FAQs (PDF)
CSV Forms
bullet Clinical Skills Evaluation Form V.1 (PDF)
bullet Clinical Skills Evaluation Form V.2 (PDF)
bullet Criterial for Approving CSV Form (PDF)
bullet Additional Clinical Skills Assessment Forms on AADPRT web site

Psychiatry Certification Process: New Format and Timetable Announced September 2008
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For residents who began training as a PGY-1 on July 1, 2007 or as a PGY-2 on July 1, 2008:
The Psychiatry Part II (oral) examination will be eliminated. The Psychiatry certification process will consist of a single computerized examination (Psychiatry Certification Examination); first administration
in 2011.

For residents who began training as a PGY-1 before July 1, 2007 or as a PGY-2 before July 1, 2008:
To become Board certified in Psychiatry, candidates must pass both the Part I (computer-administered) and Part II (oral) examinations. Candidates who do NOT pass the Psychiatry Part I examination in 2013* or before or who do NOT complete the certification process by December 31, 2016, will be required to submit documentation of satisfactory performance in the evaluation of clinical skills completed by the current Program Director of an ACGME-accredited program as part of the ABPN credentialing process. In addition, such candidates will be required to pass the new Psychiatry Certification Examination.

* Note: The 2013 Part I examination will not be available for first-time takers. The current format Part I examination will be eliminated after 2013.

Please note that applications for examinations are only available for a brief period of time in the year preceding the examination. Please see the examination schedule (PDF) for application dates and deadlines.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Computer-Administered Examinations, explains the procedures for registration and testing at Pearson VUE testing centers.

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