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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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Quarterly Update: January - March, 2014
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Top Questions for the Quarter: January - March, 2014

These FAQs are a collection of common questions resulting from tradeshows, phone calls and submitted questions from the ABPN website. The ABPN sends out a quarterly email to subscribers highlighting new questions and features that provide helpful insight when applying for an examination and tips for maintaining certification.

1. What is the ABPN Faculty Fellowship Award?
2. What is the Subspecialties in Psychiatry and Neurology Forum?

1. What is the ABPN Faculty Fellowship Award?arrow

The directors of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) have established a 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. Preference will be given to projects that have the potential for use in more than one site and to applicants who are at a junior or mid-faculty level.

Funding: Each year, up to two psychiatry and two neurology faculty fellows will be selected. The duration of the fellowship will normally be for two years with a maximum amount of funding of $50,000 per year or $100,000 total. This amount is intended to cover salary, fringe benefits, and other costs. No indirect costs will be covered. Fellows will be required to dedicate at least 25% of their professional time to the project.

Eligibility: Applicants must:

  • be certified by the ABPN
  • participate in the ABPN’s maintenance of certification program
  • hold an unrestricted license to practice medicine in a state, commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States
  • comply with the ABPN’s conflict of interest policies and procedures
  • hold a faculty appointment in a U.S. LCME-accredited medical school

Deadlines: Applicants for the 2015 awards must submit a completed Application Form and any related documentation by August 18, 2014, to the ABPN. Awards will be announced by November 3, 2014, with funding to start on January 1, 2015.

Additional Information:  Additional information and the application form are posted on the ABPN web site (www.abpn.com).

Contact: Dorthea Juul, Ph.D., at djuul@abpn.com.

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 ABPN Faculty Fellowships.

Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Associate Director of Residency Training, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She will focus on creating continuing medical education courses to engage and support participants in implementing practice change.

Charles Flippen II, MD, is a Professor of Neurology and Director of Residency Training, Department of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. The goal of his project is to evaluate the utility of digital video recording as a method to improve neurology resident interviewing skills.

Michael Jibson, MD, PhD, is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Residency Education, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School. He will analyze the psychometric characteristics of the Clinical Skills Verification process and assess its utility for assessing specific milestones.

Robert Thompson Stone, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He will develop a comprehensive system for evaluating the clinical skills of residents based on direct observation and explore the validity of this system.

The Faculty Fellowship Committee, chaired by Robert Golden, MD, includes Drs. Allison Brashear, Deborah Cowley, Steven Epstein, Laurie Gutmann, Ralph Jozefowicz, Jaffar Khan, and Kailie Shaw.


2. What is the Subspecialties in Psychiatry and Neurology Forum?arrow

The Subspecialties in Psychiatry and Neurology Forum is a forum to address subspecialization in neurology and psychiatry. Through the involvement of multiple stakeholders, the ABPN hopes to reach some consensus on the issues confronting our specialties with regard to the recognition of new subspecialties, the robustness of established subspecialties, the structure of fellowship training, and participation in and requirements for certification and maintenance of certification.

Dr. Larry Faulkner is scheduled to present on "The Current Status of ABPN Subspecialties". Also scheduled is a panel discussion of "Current Status and Future Directions of Subspecialties in American Medicine". The panel will include:

  • Darrell Kirch, MD, AAMC President/CEO;
  • Thomas Nasca, MD, ACGME CEO; and
  • Lois Nora, MD, ABMS President/CEO.

The specific issues to be discussed at this forum are:

  • Should the ABPN Continue to Recognize New Subspecialties?
  • Should Subspecialty Training Be Allowed to Occur during General Residency Training?
  • Should the ABPN Continue to Require Certification/MOC in a General Specialty as a Prerequisite for Certification/MOC in a Subspecialty?

The forum will take place in Chicago on April 6-7, 2014. A report on the outcomes from this forum will be included in a future Quarterly update and posted on our Web site later this year.