What is Maintenance of Certification?
Maintenance of Certification in Plastic Surgery (MOC-PS®) is a program used to demonstrate the plastic surgeon's commitment to life-long learning and practice improvement throughout the certification years.
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.
Prior to 1995, certificates were issued with no expiration date and valid indefinitely. Diplomates with lifetime certification are expected and encouraged to participate (voluntarily) in the ABPS MOC-PS® Program.
The following ABPS MOC-PS® Program requirements are aligned with the four basic components approved by all 24 Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS):
- Verification of state medical license(s), hospital privileges, accreditation of nonhospital-based freestanding outpatient surgery centers, and peer review
Life-long Learning & Self-Assessment
- 150 CME credits in the previous three years
- Completion of one MOC-approved educational activity
Assessment of Knowledge, Judgement, & Skills
Improvement in Medical Practice
- Completion of one Practice Assessment Module to review case data
- Action Plan for Improvement
- Review of benchmarking report of case data to compare to peers