2014 MOC Part III Application
ABAM Diplomates eligible to sit for the MOC Part III Cognitive Examination (formally known as the re-certification exam) will be able to apply online starting Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Eligible Diplomates are those who have certification end dates of 2014 and 2016 and have been compliant with the 2013 MOC Program requirements.
Please check back soon for all MOC Part III Examination Application information. We greatly appreciate your patience.
Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is a requirement of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) that ABAM, which aspires to ABMS recognition, has adopted for its ABAM Diplomates. “MOC assures that the physician is committed to lifelong learning and competency in a specialty and/or subspecialty by requiring ongoing measurement of six core competencies adopted by ABMS and the ACGME in 1999” (http://www.abms.org/maintenance_of_certification/ABMS_MOC.aspx). Although ABAM is not a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, one of ABAM’s goals is to gain recognition of Addiction Medicine as a specialized field of medical practice and to create a certification process through collaboration with the ABMS and its member boards. All ABMS medical specialties and subspecialties are required to have a four-component MOC Program. Beyond the ABMS, Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification are expected of physicians as a sign of their medical knowledge, competence and professionalism by patients, colleagues, hospital, clinic and other medical staffs, as well as insurance plan provider panels and governmental agencies which credential and pay physicians.
ABAM launched its MOC program in April 2011 to assure that, by engaging in continuous professional development, diplomates will have the practice-related knowledge to provide quality care, and the public will have assurance that ABAM certified physicians maintain high standards of clinical care.
The four parts of ABAM’s MOC program are:
NOTE: In August 2013, ABAM will launch a new Diplomate Portal. This portal will allow Diplomates to access a full description of the ABAM MOC including Parts I- IV, payment information, MOC Progress Tracker and Certification Information.
Diplomates may apply for the Maintenance of Certification examination in either the 9th or 10th year of their certification cycle. All requirements must be complete to be eligible for the examination.
Each certified Diplomate must successfully complete a series of requirements. Completing these requirements in a timely manner will allow Diplomates to begin participatation in the cognitive examination. If a Diplomate is unable or chooses NOT to meet the requirements of each component in the Maintenance of Certification Program, the certificate remains valid until the expiration date, but the candidate will be listed in the Maintenance of Certification Program as Inactive and not-Participating in MOC. To be considered currently active in ABAM MOC on the 10 year cycle, a Diplomate must complete each part by the given deadline.
2014 ABAM MOC Part III Examination Application Period Opens February 15th
The application period for the next ABAM MOC Part III Examination, scheduled for November 15, 2014, will open on February 15, 2014. PLEASE NOTE: All applications for the 2014 ABAM MOC Part III examination will be completed online. Therefore, there will be no applications mailed to Diplomates. There is not a paper application for the 2014 examination, nor will paper applications be accepted. Diplomates will receive an automatic email reply documenting receipt of their application by ABAM.
On February 15, 2014, Diplomates who are eligible (2014 and 2016 certification end dates) to sit for the November 15, 2014 ABAM MOC Part III Examination should go to the ABAM website at www.abam.net, click on the “Maintenance of Certification” tab at the top of the page and follow the application instructions provided.
Applications Limited to Online Submittal Only
All Diplomates must submit an online application, as paper applications are not accepted for the 2014 examination. ABAM knows that information technology is part of the practice of medicine, with physicians using information technology to conduct their practices for accessing patient records, conducting online searches for medical information and engaging in CME activities. Information technology has the potential to contribute to the improvement of health care delivery in such areas as reducing medical errors and enhancing patient and clinician communication
It is the sole responsibility of Diplomates for the 2014 ABAM MOC Part III Examination to be aware of – and comply with – registration deadlines and application policies. In fairness to all candidates, the American Board of Addiction Medicine firmly adheres to the published deadlines for standard and late application for the 2014 examination.
Diplomates are responsible for reading the eligibility criteria for the 2014 ABAM MOC Part III Examination and verifying their eligibility prior to applying. Eligibility criteria includes:
Completing the 2014 ABAM MOC Part III Examination Application
Diplomates applying to sit for the 2014 ABAM MOC Part III Examination are required to complete an online examination and submit the appropriate examination fee and required back-up documentation.
This includes those unsuccessful when sitting for the 2010 and/or 2012 ABAM examination, Diplomates taking the MOC Part III examination, new candidates for ABAM board certification or candidates who withdrew from the 2012 examination.
Only MOC Diplomates may complete the ABAM MOC Part III Examination applications. Applications completed and/or submitted by anyone other than the candidate are not valid, and will not be reviewed or considered. This includes, but is not limited to, assistants, family members, program or medical directors and professors.
All required fields (*) must be completed to apply to sit for the ABAM Board Certification Examination in Addiction Medicine. Applications without all required information will not be reviewed or considered.
Below please find important information on the application deadlines and fees for the November 15, 2014 ABAM MOC Part III Examination.
Application Availability and Submittal
The application for the 2014 MOC Part III Examination will be available online on February 15, 2014 at www.abam.net.
All applications must be completed online and submitted via email. Paper applications will not be accepted.
Compliance With Application Deadlines
It is the sole responsibility of Diplomates for the 2014 ABAM MOC Part III Examination to be aware of – and comply with – application deadlines. In fairness to all applicants, the American Board of Addiction Medicine firmly adheres to the published deadlines for standard and late examination application.
WITHOUT EXCEPTION: No application for the 2014 ABAM MOC Part III Examination will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. PST on July 15, 2014.
2014 Application Deadlines and Fees
The application periods, deadlines and fees for the 2014 MOC Part III Examination are below. Access to the online electronic 2014 examination applications will be no longer available at 11:59 p.m. PST on July 15, 2014.
MOC Part III Examination (Diplomates With a Certification Expiration of 2014 or 2016 Only)
February 15, 2014 through May 31, 2014, 11:59 p.m. PST - $1,145 (U.S. funds)
Late: June 1, 2014 through July 15, 2014, 11:59 p.m. PST - $1,745 (U.S. funds)
All applications for the 2014 ABAM MOC Part III Examination must include credit card information for the application fee. Applications submitted without payment will not be considered. Application fees due will be based on the date the application and payment is received electronically (via email) by ABAM.
All application fees must be paid by credit card only. Check payments will not be accepted for application fees for the 2014 ABAM MOC Part III Examination. ABAM accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. All payments must be in U.S. funds.
ABAM is not a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). ABAM's goal is to gain recognition of Addiction Medicine as a medical specialty, and the creation of a certification process through collaboration with the ABMS and its member Boards.