Program Goal

The Maintenance of Certification Program (MOC) of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology reflects the Board’s commitment to lifelong learning throughout one’s profession. The purpose of MOC is to ensure that diplomates adhere to the highest standards in medicine and pursue excellence in all areas of care and practice improvement.

The MOC program requires diplomates to participate in sanctioned self-assessment performance measures, identify possible weaknesses in their knowledge, pursue learning activities tailored to individual areas that need to be strengthened, and develop quality improvement programs based on their clinical practice. The goal for diplomates is to reflect on their personal knowledge and performance, commit to a process of improvement and reevaluation over specified time frames, and continually improve care for their patients.

The ABPN has developed a program for our diplomates that strikes a balance between what will likely be required by organizations that license, credential, and pay physicians, and what is reasonable and straightforward enough to be accomplished by busy physicians. Many of our diplomates are already participating in various components of MOC through institutional quality improvement programs. The MOC program endeavors to recognize those efforts. ABPN has worked to develop a clear MOC program that will enable diplomates to demonstrate their competence throughout a certificate cycle.

The ABPN is committed to supporting its diplomates throughout their careers by its mission of advancing the clinical practices of psychiatry and neurology and by promoting the highest evidence-based guidelines and standards.

For patient information about physician certification and what it means, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) provides a website — Certification Matters — as a resource for the public to learn more about how board certification goes above and beyond basic medical licensure. The public can learn how physicians who are board certified meet nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge, experience and skills to provide high quality care in a specific medical specialty. For more information, see


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