MOC Activities Process & Requirements

The MOC Activities are required in years 3, 6, and 9 of the 10-year certification cycle

  • Instructions are posted on the Board's website in January.
  • MOC Activities must be finalized by December 1st.  
  • E-mail reminders are sent to applicable diplomates throughout the year.


  • Select one tracer procedure
  • Enter data from 10 consecutive patient charts (dated within the last 3 years)
  • Review Benchmarking Report
  • Complete a MOC educational activity aligned with the tracer procedure
  • Complete the Action Plan for Improvement


  • If NOT selected for audit: answer questions, upload CME documentation only.
  • If SELECTED for audit: answer questions, upload all supporting documentation.
  • Finalize the Professional Standing Update.


  • ABMS Starmark Logo also available to download for use on letterhead, website, etc.

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Diplomates may complete any of the following options to satisfy the tracer procedure module component:


ABMS Multispecialty Portfolio Program (MSPP)

Completion of an approved MSPP quality improvement effort. Physician completion notices received through the MSPP. Check with your institution for participation. 

You can also check the list of approved sponsors and contact the Board Office at for assistance.


ABPS Quality Improvement (QI) Program

Designed to recognize the work that physicians are already doing to improve patient care in their practices. Physician participation in a QI project or authorship of a recent QI publication are acceptable for credit.

The following applications may be submitted for consideration by the Board:

Application for MOC Part IV credit for QI Publication

Application for MOC Part IV credit for QI Project 



Steps to MOC Success

Preview Educational Activities aligned with Tracers

2018 MOC Activities Cover Letter

2018 MOC Activities Booklet