The American Board of Radiology administers the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program in diagnostic radiology and subspecialties. Below is a synopsis of the four requisites of the MOC program, along with a listing of the resources ASNR offers neuroradiologists to meet these requirements. For a more detailed explanation of the requirements, please see ABR's diagnostic radiology MOC requirements page.Update from an OLA Pilot Participant
Since July of 2018, ABR diplomats who volunteered to participate in the Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA) pilot project have been added monthly in cohorts of 200 to test out the system. Over 1400 diplomats volunteered to be a part of this program! Following each month, the ABR conducts surveys regarding the enhancements and experiences of the testers. As one of those pilot participants, I can attest thus far that the OLA is looking great. The questions truly do seem to represent the goal of "walking-around knowledge" and the user interface is intuitive and streamlined. Although upon opening each question a countdown begins for answer entry, I have rarely needed more than 10-15 seconds to select an answer. Feedback is instant upon submission, and there is also the opportunity to evaluate the relevance of the question to your personal practice. A dashboard keeps an easy to understand tally of questions answered and questions remaining to meet MOC requirements. Although it is still early, I believe this program will be a marked improvement over the previous 10-year MOC exam.
Each year, to remain in good standing, ABR diplomates must attest to their compliance with the MOC requirements. Attestations reset on Jan. 1 of each year, and diplomates have until March 1 to log into their MyABR account and complete attestation for the current year. After March 1, public reporting may be affected. More information on how to complete the attestation process is available in this ABR instructional video on attestation.
Part I. Professional StandingABR Requirement: 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-AssessmentABR Requirement: ABR requires diplomates to earn at least 75 hours of Category 1 CME credit over the past 3 years, 25 of which must be self-assessment CME (SA-CME). ASNR Online Resources for CME and SA-CME: ASNR eCME ASNR provides free online member access to its eCME website, which hosts courses that all qualify for both CME and SA-CME type credit. eCME offers two main types of content for credit:
- more than 100 eCME lectures totaling more than 50 hours of Category 1 SA-CME credit. This course library is refreshed yearly with new presentations from the ASNR Annual Meeting, and credit is earned upon completing an online quiz covering the lecture content.
- more than 50 educational review articles from ASNR's online educational journal, Neurographics; credit is earned by completing a quiz at the ASNR eCME site.
Part III. Cognitive ExpertiseABR Requirement: Diplomates who were required to pass the ABR computer-based examination by March 2, 2017 must still sit for the ABR-administered cognitive exam. All others are deferred until the new MOC Part 3 product is available in their discipline. 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 ImprovementABR Requirement: The ABR requires diplomates to complete a practice quality improvement (PQI) every three years. More details are provided in the ABR's diagnostic radiology requirements. ASNR Online Resources: ASNR has developed materials to support a neuroradiology PQI in the topical areas of:
- standardized nomenclature for MR of lumbar disk disease,
- fluoroscopic guided lumbar puncture (3 modules available, fully qualified by ABR),
- and reducing radiation exposure in children for evaluation of ventriculomegaly (fully qualified by ABR)