An American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ABOG) presentation this morning will update attendees about the changes ABOG has made to improve the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process.
George D. Wendel, Jr., MD, director of MOC for ABOG, will speak at “MOC: Special Session by ABOG” from 8 – 9 am in Ballroom ABC. Dr. Wendel will talk about changes to the administrative requirements for sub-specialists and put those demands more in line with what specialists must do. He also will describe a new pilot program that integrates two parts of MOC so Fellows can gain an exemption from the ABOG MOC Examination offered in the last year of each doctor’s six-year MOC cycle.
Subspecialists have had to maintain basic certification along with certification in their sub-specialties. The changes that Dr. Wendel will explain this morning will show how ABOG has reduced the requirements to maintain the basic certification, improving the overall process.
“With feedback from Fellow surveys, we heard that subspecialists felt like there was an excessive amount of Part II MOC workload to maintain their certification, so we reviewed their requirements. With approval from our Board of Directors, we reduced the Lifelong Learning burden so now they have to read the same number of articles that a specialist does,” he said.
With the MOC pilot program, ABOG will offer physicians who keep up with the latest knowledge in obstetrics and gynecology in Lifelong Learning the chance to be rewarded with an exemption from the MOC Examination. The program will be available to diplomates who are in their sixth year of MOC in 2016 or 2017. Pending favorable results and surveys about the pilot, ABOG will ask the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for a permanent change in the MOC starting in 2018.
“My hope is to clarify the details of the pilot, because it mainly affects Fellows who are in the last year of their MOC cycle either this year or next year,” Dr. Wendel said. “However, it also informs other Fellows of the range of possible Lifelong Learning performance thresholds likely if this becomes a permanent part of MOC in 2018. These Fellows will better understand that a high level of performance in Lifelong Learning may help them earn exemptions from future examinations, too.”
The session also will include a look at the new options to earn Improvement in Medical Practice MOC credits through ACOG programs such as the Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence (SCOPE) for Women’s Health. In addition, ABOG has also updated its internal MOC dashboard to provide more useful and real-time information.
Dr. Wendel noted that “ACOG is a vital partner in the MOC program, and our collaboration has led to tangible benefits for physicians and their patients. Fellows earn CME hours from ACOG for completion of Lifelong Learning and some Improvement in Medical Practice requirements each year.”
The session also will have results of a survey of diplomates that have helped guide many of the recent changes to the MOC process.
“We’re trying to maintain relevance and rigor, but streamline the administrative burden of accomplishing it,” he said. “We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from our ACOG Fellows through the surveys that have helped guide us and enhance our programs.”
This talk will be available to replay after it airs live. After a short processing delay, it will remain available through the close of the meeting. Simply go to www.acog.org/colloquia.