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Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program Overview

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About Seattle Children’s MOC Program

What does Seattle Children’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program do?

  • It is an institutional resource to improve patient outcomes through the lifelong learning of Seattle Children's–affiliated physicians.
  • It helps Seattle Children's–affiliated physicians understand and meet requirements of their specialty boards to maintain certification in their specialties.
  • It helps Seattle Children's departments and divisions establish quality-improvement (QI) projects that meet MOC recertification requirements for their faculty.
  • It approves and maintains a portfolio of qualifying Part 4 MOC projects.
  • It awards Part 4 MOC credit to Seattle Children's–affiliated physicians who participate in MOC projects within our portfolio.
  • It provides guidance to MOC project leaders/owners regarding:
    • Participant qualification for Part 4 MOC credit
    • Documentation that requirements have been met
    • Meeting the educational objectives of participants

Background

As part of our commitment to deliver the highest quality care possible to our patients and families, Seattle Children’s MOC Program now maintains a portfolio of quality-improvement projects for Seattle Children’s–affiliated physicians to receive Part 4 MOC credit for board certification. We believe these activities acknowledge our physicians’ dedication to lifelong learning and to achieving the best clinical outcomes for their patients in a rapidly changing and dynamic healthcare environment.

We are a member of the Multi-Specialty MOC Portfolio Approval Program (Portfolio Program). This pathway offers a streamlined approach for Seattle Children's to work with many of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member boards to grant Part 4 MOC credit to physicians who are involved in those improvement efforts.

Four-Part MOC Process

The MOC process for the ABMS consists of four parts.