Continuous Certification is a requirement of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) that ABAM has adopted for its ABAM Diplomates. Continuous certification 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. All ABMS medical specialties and subspecialties are required to have a four-component MOC Program. Beyond the ABMS, Board Certification and Continuous 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 TraCC 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.