Maintenance of Certification Program (MOC)

Seattle Children’s MOC Program

Our mission and vision

We provide physicians and physician assistants (PAs) with meaningful quality improvement learning activities that will better enable them to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.

Seattle Children’s MOC Program will be an innovative leader in quality improvement, medical education, research, professional development and well-being, and equitable and compassionate care for children and their families.


  • Compassion
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Equity
  • Innovation

What does Seattle Children’s MOC Program do?

  • It is an institutional resource to improve patient outcomes through the lifelong learning of Seattle Children's–affiliated physicians and physician assistants (PAs).
  • It approves and maintains a portfolio of qualifying Part 4 MOC projects for nearly all ABMS specialties.
  • It helps Seattle Children's departments and divisions establish quality improvement (QI) projects that meet MOC recertification requirements for their faculty. It supports and coaches qualifying QI projects and project leaders. 
  • It engages and teaches QI skills to Seattle Children's-affiliated medical staff through project-based learning. 
  • It helps Seattle Children's–affiliated medical staff understand and meet requirements of their specialty boards to maintain certification in their specialties.
  • It awards Part 4 MOC credit to Seattle Children's–affiliated physicians certified by a participating ABMS member board, and Category 1 PI-CME credit to Seattle Children's-affiliated physician assistants (PAs) certified by the National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
    • View a list of ABMS member boards involved in the ABMS Portfolio Program.
  • It provides guidance to MOC project leaders/owners regarding:
    • Participant qualification for Part 4 MOC credit (and Category 1 PI-CME credit for Physician Assistants)
    • Documentation that requirements have been met
    • Meeting the educational objectives of participants
  • It advances Seattle Children's strategic initiatives and promotes Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). 


We are a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Portfolio Program

Seattle Children’s MOC Program’s 2023 Annual Report (PDF) is now available! Read about the great work done during the past year to improve quality of care.