Component 1: Licensure and professional standing
The first MOC component part requires dermatology diplomates to hold valid, full, and unrestricted licenses to practice medicine or osteopathy in their states. You are responsible for providing documentation to the American Board of Dermatology to verify your licensure and you must notify them about any changes in your professional standing.
Component 2: Lifelong learning and self-assessment
The second MOC component ensures that dermatology diplomates meet a series of minimum standards for ongoing professional education, development, and mastery. Specific requirements include:
- Continuing medical education: You are required to earn 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for dermatology-related educational activities each year.
- Self-assessment: You are required to complete 300 self-assessment questions during the 10-year cycle. It is recommended that you space out the questions over three year intervals (100 questions every three years) to make this process manageable.
- Patient safety module: You are required to complete one patient safety module every 10 years. You are required to complete it during the first 2 years of your cycle.
Component 3: Cognitive expertise
The third MOC component requires dermatology diplomates to complete a closed-book examination administered by a proctored testing agency once every 10 years that is designed to test your knowledge.
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|AAD offers a comprehensive Derm Exam Prep Course to prepare you for this examination. We also offer refresher courses at the Annual and Summer meetings. |
Component 4: Practice performance assessment
The fourth MOC component demonstrates your ability to integrate new knowledge and skills and make tangible improvements in the quality of dermatology care you deliver. Three elements make up this requirement:
- Practice assessment/quality improvement. Twice during the 10-year cycle (once every five years), you are required to complete an exercise designed to evaluate clinical care delivery in your practice and help you identify opportunities for improvement. Typically, this involves submitting chart abstracts to an authorized organization that provides feedback to you based on national standards. From there you will develop an improvement plan. After implementation you will remeasure chart abstracts to measure change.
- Patient communication survey. You are required to conduct a patient survey to document patients’ experience of care twice during the 10-year cycle — once during the first five years and once during the second five years.
- Peer communication survey. You are required to complete a survey of at least 12 peers to gain professional feedback on your performance twice during the 10-year cycle — once during the first five years and once during the second five years.