Worrying About MOC During Pandemic? Don't

MedPage Today (04/14/20) Frieden, Joyce

Medical specialty boards are striving to reassure doctors that the COVID-19 pandemic will not disrupt maintenance of certification (MOC). The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology have issued statements to that effect, extending current diplomates' 2020 deadlines to complete MOC requirements to 2021. American Board of Pediatrics CEO David Nichols, MD, said MOC Assessment in Pediatrics diplomates will receive credit for everything they are learning in coping with COVID-19. Boards also are preparing initial certification exams for newly graduated specialists, with ABIM's general internal medicine examination still scheduled for August. The American Board of Medical Specialties acknowledged in a recent statement that the pandemic will uniquely impact physicians according to their specialty's individual needs, and "individual boards will respond in ways that best meet the needs of physicians in their particular specialty."

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