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 Initial Certification page.
We are well into the second year of the new Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA) process. As of July, 2020, here are a few updates on the program:
- Over 29,000 ABR diplomats have answered OLA questions- that represents nearly 97% of all ABR diplomats!
- Over 2.4 million individual questions have been answered.
- Fewer than 3% of all questions viewed have been declined.
- Average response time for a 60-second question has been 27 seconds.
- Average response time for a 180-second question has been 43 seconds.
- In a survey recently sent to 1000 randomly selected OLA participants, overall satisfaction with the OLA process was rated 4.2 out of 5 stars.
Part I. Professional Standing
ABR 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-Assessment
ABR 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 provides free online access to its learning management system, ASNR Education Connection, which hosts courses that qualify for both CME and SA-CME type credit. There are two main types of content for credit:
- More than 100 eCME lectures totaling more than 50 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM and SA-CME credit. This course library is refreshed regularly with new presentations from the ASNR Annual Meeting and other content.
- More than 100 educational review articles from ASNR’s online journal, Neurographics.
The ASNR Education Connection site also maintains historical records of all credits you’ve earned through ASNR, including Annual Meeting credits, and makes these credits automatically available to the CME Gateway for convenient reporting to ABR and other agencies. All content is free for ASNR members and available for purchase by non-members.
Part III. Cognitive Expertise
ABR 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 Education Connection, as well as at the ASNR Annual Meeting.
Part IV. Practice Quality Improvement
ABR 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)
- Reducing radiation exposure in children for evaluation of ventriculomegaly (fully qualified by ABR)
These PQI project templates, as well as basic information on the PQI process can be found at https://www.asnr.org/resources/pqi/. If you currently participate in a PQI efforts and would like to share your PQI concepts with ASNR members, please contact ASNR at email@example.com.
CME Gateway (www.cmegateway.org) The CME Gateway is a cooperative effort among several radiology organizations to create a single website where radiologists can automatically track their CME and SA-CME credits. 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 SA-CME credits automatically reported through the Gateway to the ABR for MOC purposes, eliminating the need to manually document MOC compliance.