Overview of MOC Program

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The ABPS Maintenance of Certification in Plastic Surgery (MOC-PS®) Program includes continuous self-assessment and learning throughout the certification period(s). Certificates issued since 1995 are valid for 10 years and all MOC-PS® requirements must be met in order to renew certification for an additional 10-year period.





MOC-PS® Annual Contribution

required each year – submit online on the Board’s website.


Deadline Dates



STEP 1:  Practice Assessment in Plastic Surgery (PA-PS) Module including:  tracer procedure, benchmarking report, MOC-approved educational activity, action plan.


STEP 2:  Professional Standing Update including CME report(s), medical license, hospital privileges, outpatient facility accreditation, advertising material, society membership (if applicable) and peer evaluations.


December 1st



STEPS 1 & 2:  PA-PS Module & Professional Standing


December 1st

YEAR 7, 8 OR 9


Examination Application

Six-month case list no longer required.


September 1st


STEPS 1 & 2:  PA-PS Module and Professional Standing


December 1st

YEAR 8, 9 OR 10

MOC-PS®  Computer Based Test (CBT)

Study Guide available at www.psenetwork.org.


April 1st – 30th


MOC-PS® Certificates mailed to those who successfully completed the 10 year cycle


December 1st


The ABPS MOC-PS® Program requirements are aligned with the four basic components listed below approved by all 24 Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS):

Part I - Professionalism

  • Required in years 3, 6 and 9 of 10 year certification cycle
  • Verification of the following:
    • unrestricted state medical license
    • hospital privileges
    • accreditation of all outpatient surgery centers
    • submission of advertising material
    • peer evaluations

Part II - Life Long Learning and Self-Assessment 

  • Required in years 3, 6 and 9 of 10 year certification cycle
  • At least 150 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits in the previous three years
  • Completion of a MOC-approved educational activity

Part III - Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, & Skills

  • Required in years 8, 9 or 10 of 10 year certification cycle
  • Successful completion of the MOC-PS® Examination
  • Average pass rate = 95%
  • Study Guide available on www.psenetwork.org

Part IV - Improvement in Medical Practice 

  • Required in years 3, 6 and 9 of the 10 year certification cycle
  • Completion of one Practice Assessment Module
    • data review of 10 patient charts from one operation of your choice.
    • refer to Tracer Procedures listed below
  • Review of Benchmarking Report for comparison of data to peers
  • Completion of Action Plan for Improvement 


An individual MOC Tracking Page is available upon secure log in to the Board's website.  Log in, click "MOC-PS", and review requirements by calendar year.  


The Board will now accept MOC credit for Parts I and II if completed through the American Board of Surgery, or another ABMS member board. Contact the Board Office at staff@abplasticsurgery.org for assistance.


Steps to MOC Success 

2017 MOC Activities Booklet

  • Applicable in years 3, 6, and 9 of the 10-year certification cycle = Practice Assessment & Professional Standing

2018 MOC Examination Booklet

  • Applicable in year 7, 8, OR 9 of the 10-year certification cycle = Exam Application & Examination