Lifetime Certificate Holders

Physicians certified in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, neurology, or neurology with special qualification in child neurology before October 1, 1994 were granted lifetime certificates. Lifetime certificate status is reported as “Certified — Not meeting MOC requirements and not required to do so”.

Participation in the MOC program is not required for diplomates with lifetime certificates. However, credentialing requirements for hospitals, practice groups, and third-party payers may require evidence of continuous certification efforts. In addition, some states are considering the implementation of Maintenance of Licensure Programs, similar to the MOC program.

There are two pathways for Lifetime Certificate holders to voluntarily participate in the MOC program:

  1. Diplomates can apply for and take an MOC examination and be automatically enrolled in C-MOC upon passing the MOC examination. There is no MOC activity requirement for lifetime certificate holders to sit for an MOC examination; OR
  2. Diplomates can elect to enroll in C-MOC, and complete one block of MOC activity requirements [90 Category 1 CME credits, of which 24 need to come from Self-Assessment credits, one Patient Safety Activity and one Improvement in Medical Practice (PIP) Unit], and then pass the MOC exam within the three-year enrollment block. These diplomates will be listed as “Meeting MOC Requirements” from the date they enroll in C-MOC.

To elect into C-MOC, diplomates need to follow the prompts to “Switch to the C-MOC program” in his/her ABPN Physician Folios account’s Maintenance of Certification section, under the MOC Main Menu tab. There is a C-MOC enrollment fee of $175 that will be credited to the next MOC exam.

Lifetime certificate holders who voluntarily participate in the MOC program and do not pass the MOC examination will retain their lifetime certificate.

For additional information, see our MOC Booklet.

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.

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