Non-CME Self-Assessment Activity Options

The ABPN may now waive eight Self-Assessment CME credits through completion of specific non-CME Self-Assessment activities. Up to 16 Self-Assessment CME credits may be waived per each three-year MOC block with two different types of non-CME Self-Assessment activities.

  • Diplomates in the C-MOC Program must complete the approved non-CME Self-Assessment activity during the block for which they are earning non-CME Self-Assessment credit.
  • Diplomates in the 10-year MOC Program, who are due to recertify in 2017-2021, must complete the non-CME Self-Assessment Activities within the three years prior to applying for the MOC examination.

Use our wizard to learn if you have already earned credit with a Non-CME Self-Assessment activity:

Non-CME Self-Assessment Activity Options Wizard


Eight Self-Assessment CME credits will be waived for EACH of the following activity options:

  • Passing an ABPN certification or MOC exam within the current MOC block;
  • Approved scientific grant application (funding not required), with documented peer review/feedback, formal approval letter and/or priority score statement (i.e. Summary Statement with priority score from NIH, etc.), and significant/major contribution to the grant writing. Fellowship Awards do not qualify for scientific grant credit*;
  • Peer-reviewed journal article, indexed in the MEDLINE database;
  • Four hours of supervision from a supervisor or peer with written feedback about the diplomate’s clinical performance, medical knowledge and patient care*;
    • Supervision activity similar to faculty to resident peer supervision
    • Involves diplomates presenting clinical cases to peer(s) and receiving detailed feedback on the care provided to specific patients
    • Must be documented and signed by the supervisor
  • Formal institutional peer review committee with written feedback about the diplomate’s clinical performance, medical knowledge and patient care*;
    • Reviews the clinical care a diplomate provides patients and gives written feedback
    • Keyed to review a specific medical condition or patient type
    • Typically a chart review/QI process of diplomate clinical performance by a formal review committee at an institution
  • Or participate in an approved registry such as the Axon Registry from the American Academy of Neurology or the PsychPRO Registry from the American Psychiatric Association

*Must be submitted to ABPN for preapproval. Submit documentation to

Note: Item writing and teaching/supervision do not count as approved non-CME SA activities.

Diplomates are required to use only ABPN-Approved Self-Assessment activities. The ABPN will approve additional activities over time and reserves the right to approve or reject any course or guideline submitted for approval.

ABPN Approved Products List

Read our MOC Booklet for more information.

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