MOC…it’s not as easy as it looks

By John T. Gill, MD

We have known it was coming, but now Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is upon us. The “class of 2010” will be the first to recertify under the new process, and if you are among those Diplomates whose board certification expires in 2010, pay particular attention to this article. The amount of effort required and the proximity of deadlines will amaze you. It amazed me when I began to dig deeper.

The FIRST thing you need to do is go to www.abos.org and register to get a username and password. Then have a good look at the process. Just to clarify, MOC did not originate from the AAOS nor is it an Academy activity. It originated from the American Board of Medical Specialties, the mother board of the 24 specialties, and it is administered by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).

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