The American Board of Radiology administers the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program in diagnostic radiology. Below is a synopsis of the four requisites of the MOC program, along with a listing of the resources offered by ASNR to assist neuroradiologists in meeting these requirements. For a more detailed explanation of the requirements, please see ABR's diagnostic radiology MOC requirements page. For information on ABR's new initiative to establish Online Longitudinal Assessment, please read the ABR President's Message, along with the ABR press release and FAQ.
Part I. Professional Standing
ABR requires diplomates to maintain active, current, valid and unrestricted licenses relevant to all locations of practice. As licensure requirements vary geographically, please refer to your local licensing agency for specific requirements.
Part II. Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment
ABR Requirement: Lifelong Learning -- Category 1 CME
ABR requires diplomates to earn at least 250 hours of Category 1 CME credit over the 10-year accreditation cycle.
ASNR Online Resources for CME:
ASNR provides free online member access to more than 120 lectures totalling more than 50 hours of Category 1 CME credit. This course library is refreshed yearly with new presentations from the ASNR Annual Meeting.
ABR Requirement: Self-Assessment
ABR requires diplomates to complete 20 Self-Assessment Modules over the 10-year MOC cycle (a maximum credit of four SAMs can be earned in any given year).
ASNR Online SAM Resources:
ASNR members can access the following free ABR-approved self-assessment modules by logging into ASNR eCME. New SAMs are added regularly.
Part III. Cognitive Expertise
The ABR requires completion of a computer-based examination within the last three years of the 10-year MOC cycle to demonstrate cognitive expertise.
ASNR Online Resources:
To assist neuroradiologists in preparing for the ABR cognitive exam, ASNR offers online review lectures via the ASNR eCME website, as well as at the ASNR Annual Meeting.
Part IV. Practice Quality Improvement
The ABR requires diplomates to participate in a practice quality improvement (PQI). More details are provided in the ABR's diagnostic radiology requirements. During the first year of this requirement, diplomates are required to learn about PQI in preparation for selecting a PQI project to implement.
ASNR Online Resources:
View Dr. Sanelli's lecture from the 2009 ASNR Annual Meeting, explaining the PQI process below »
ASNR has developed materials to support a neuroradiology PQI in the area of standardized nomenclature for MR of lumbar disk disease. Basic information on the PQI process, as well as a smaple project are presented at http://www.asnr.org/index.php/resources/pqi/.
If you currently participate in a PQI efforts and would like to share your PQI concepts with ASNR members, please contact the ASNR at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CME Gateway (www.cmegateway.org)
The CME Gateway is a cooperative effort amont eight radiology organizations to create a single website where radiologists can automatically track their CME and SAM credits earned. This website is free to use and greatly reduces the efforts of record-keeping and reporting of credits. Participants can choose to have CME and SAM credits automatically reported through the Gateway to the ABR for MOC purposes, eliminating the need to manually document MOC compliance
Neuroradiology Curriculum for Current Practice
The ASNR Education Committee publishes an online curriculum resource to guide you through the topics relevant to today's neuroradiology practice, along with links to recommended resources for keeping your practice knowledge up to date. This resource is undergoing revision for publication in 2015.