Monday, March 26, 2018

Eligible ABPN Diplomates Invited to Enroll in Pilot Test for MOC Part III Alternative

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) is piloting a new open-book, journal article–based assessment beginning in 2019 as an alternative to the proctored 10-year Part III Maintenance of Certification (MOC) examination. ABPN sent out an email last week inviting diplomates who are eligible to participate in the pilot to enroll in the program by May 1; participation is optional.

Participants in the pilot program will be required to read and answer questions on between 30 and 40 journal articles. They may choose from a library of articles that have been selected for the test by the ABPN Pilot Project Test Writing Committees. The pilot project will run for three years, from 2019-2021. If approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the ABPN plans to transition diplomates into this program in 2022 as a permanent alternative to the secure MOC examination.

Diplomates who are eligible to participate in the pilot program are those who are currently certified and who fall into one of two categories: those who have earned ABPN certification or who passed the MOC examination in the years 2012, 2013, or 2014 in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, neurology, or child neurology; or those whose certificate is expiring in 2019, 2020, or 2021 in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, neurology, or child neurology.

Here are enrollment instructions for diplomates who are eligible to participate:

  • Log in to your ABPN Physician Folios account.
  • Click on the “Part III Pilot” tab in the Maintenance of Certification section.
  • Review and respond to the MOC Pilot Project Enrollment Agreement.
  • Respond Yes/No to Pilot Project enrollment by May 1.

APA leaders said that the article-based, open-book test option is an important step in making MOC more flexible.

“Requirements around Maintenance of Certification are among the most prominent concerns of our members, and many have been asking for an alternative to the 10-year, secure, proctored exam,” APA President Anita Everett, M.D., told Psychiatric News. “APA has been advocating for something similar to the open-book, journal article–based assessment, and we hope it provides an attractive option for members to consider.”

APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., said the new program “provides more flexibility in terms of diplomates being able to select articles that are relevant to their own practice. It allows diplomates to read the articles and complete the test at their own pace.”

Additional information about the pilot program is posted on ABPN’s website. Those who have questions about enrollment or the program should send them to or call (847) 229-6512.

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