A PORTAL TO ASNR ONLINE MOC RESOURCES
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.
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 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 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 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.