Wednesday, April 21, 2021

ABMS Releases New Draft Standards for Board Certification; Members Urged to Submit Comments

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) yesterday released new draft Standards for Board Continuing Certification. These standards will shape the maintenance of certification (MOC) programs for all ABMS boards, including the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, for years to come.

APA is conducting a thorough analysis regarding how the revised MOC standards will impact physicians’ ability to practice medicine and care for patients.

“APA members have sent a consistent message that they want a lifelong learning and continuing certification process that is less burdensome, less expensive, and more relevant to their clinical practice,” APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., told Psychiatric News. “The new standards have the potential to impact all parts of ABPN’s maintenance of certification program and will directly impact all psychiatrists who are currently board certified. Our Division of Education and our advocacy staff will review the standards closely for how they will affect members immediately and in the future.”

APA encourages all members to review the new standards and submit comments directly to the ABMS regarding how the revised MOC standards will impact physicians’ ability to practice medicine and care for patients. “It is imperative that we make our voices heard during the public comment period,” Levin said.

APA is also encouraging members to submit any comments you might have about the draft standards to APA. You can do so by emailing

Members Invited to Apply for New Presidential Task Force on Social Determinants of MH

APA members are invited to apply for appointment to the new Task Force on the Social Determinants of Mental Health, which reflects the theme of incoming APA President Vivian Pender, M.D. There will also be eight work groups that will address major issues related to social determinants of mental health. The appointments begin on May 3 and end at the close of the 2022 Annual Meeting. Those interested should submit a CV, brief summary of expertise, and specific area of interest to by April 26.


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