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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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Application Materials

Candidates can download application materials for their online examination and view other important information.

Scroll down the page, select your Specialty/Subspecialty, and view information pertaining to your examination. Information includes;

bullet Information for Applicants
bullet Applications (if available)
bullet Application Deadlines
bullet Fees
bullet Content Outlines
bullet Format and Scoring
bullet Examination Schedules

Each year the ABPN provides print publications for each examination that will be offered in the following year. These Information for Applicants publications contain our rules and regulations, requirements for admissions to examinations, examination procedures, specific training requirements, and content descriptions for the examination. Content outlines and format & scoring PDFs are also available for each Specialty/Subspecialy.

DSM-5 Conversion
Updated April 28, 2014

With the publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) will adapt its examination specifications and content to conform to DSM-5 classifications and diagnostic criteria for all of its computer-delivered certification and maintenance of certification (MOC) examinations according to the following timeline:

Computer-delivered examinations administered in 2013 and 2014
Will continue to use DSM-IV-TR classifications and diagnostic criteria

Computer-delivered examinations administered in 2015 and 2016
Will use classifications and diagnostic criteria that have not changed from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5, as follows:

1. Diagnoses and diagnosis subtypes from DSM-IV-TR that are obsolete with the publication of DSM-5 will not be tested. Example: Substance-induced mood disorder is obsolete.
2. Diagnoses and diagnosis subtypes in DSM-5 that were not mentioned at all in DSM-IV-TR will not be tested. Example: Hoarding disorder is new to DSM-5.
3. Diagnoses that are exactly or substantially the same in both DSM editions will be tested. Diagnoses that are substantially the same are defined as:
(a)  those that have had a name change only
Example: Phonological disorder (DSM-IV) is called speech sound disorder in DSM-5.
Example: Factitious disorder (DSM-IV) is called factitious disorder imposed on self in DSM-5.
(b) those that have been expanded into more than one new diagnosis
Example: Hypochondriasis (DSM-IV) has been expanded into two new diagnoses in DSM-5: somatic symptom disorder and illness anxiety disorder.
(c) those that have been subsumed or combined into a new diagnosis
Example: Alcohol abuse (DSM-IV) and alcohol dependence (DSM-IV) are combined into alcohol use disorder in DSM-5.
For these diagnoses, both DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5 diagnoses will be provided on examinations.

Computer-delivered examinations administered in 2017
Will use DSM-5 classifications and diagnostic criteria

Oral examinations
Will continue to use DSM-IV-TR classifications and diagnostic criteria

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Application Materials for Examinations
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Applicants with Disabilities
Information for Applicants with Disabilities and Qualifications for Testing Accommodations
http://www.abpn.com/downloads/forms/adaform.pdf

MOC Combined Examinations
MOC Combined examinations allow the Diplomate to select either two or three specialty or subspecialty areas in which they are certified, and take one MOC combined examination instead of two or three separate MOC examinations.

MOC Combined Examinations
MOC Maintenance of Certification in Combined Examinations (without CNP and/or NDD combined)
MOC Maintenance of Certification in Combined Examinations (with CNP and/or NDD)


Neurology Application Materials

Neurology
Initial Certification in Neurology

Maintenance of Certification in Neurology
Maintenance of Certification in Child Neurology

Brain Injury Medicine
Initial Certification in Brain Injury Medicine
Maintenance of Certification in Brain Injury Medicine

Clinical Neurophysiology
Initial Certification in Clinical Neurophysiology
Maintenance of Certification in Clinical Neurophysiology-STD, EEG, EMG

Epilepsy
Initial Certification in Epilepsy
Maintenance of Certification in Epilepsy

Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Initial Certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Maintenance of Certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Initial Certification in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Maintenance of Certification in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Neuromuscular Medicine
Initial Certification in Neuromuscular Medicine
Maintenance of Certification in Neuromuscular Medicine

Pain Medicine
Initial Certification in Pain Medicine
Maintenance of Certification in Pain Medicine

Sleep Medicine
Initial Certification in Sleep Medicine
Maintenance of Certification in Sleep Medicine

Vascular Neurology
Initial Certification in Vascular Neurology
Maintenance of Certification in Vascular Neurology


Psychiatry Application Materials

Psychiatry
Initial Certification in Psychiatry

Initial Certification Psychiatry Part I and II
Maintenance of Certification in Psychiatry

Addiction Psychiatry
Initial Certification in Addiction Psychiatry
Maintenance of Certification in Addiction Psychiatry

Brain Injury Medicine
Initial Certification in Brain Injury Medicine
Maintenance of Certification in Brain Injury Medicine

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Initial Certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Maintenance of Certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Clinical Neurophysiology
Initial Certification in Clinical Neurophysiology
Maintenance of Certification in Clinical Neurophysiology-STD, EEG, EMG

Forensic Psychiatry
Certification in Forensic Psychiatry
Maintenance of Certification in Forensic Psychiatry

Geriatric Psychiatry
Initial Certification in Geriatric Psychiatry
Maintenance of Certification in Geriatric Psychiatry

Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Initial Certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Maintenance of Certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Pain Medicine
Initial Certification in Pain Medicine
Maintenance of Certification in Pain Medicine

Psychosomatic Medicine
Initial Certification in Psychosomatic Medicine
Maintenance of Certification in Psychosomatic Medicine

Sleep Medicine
Initial Certification in Sleep Medicine
Maintenance of Certification in Sleep Medicine


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