Table 1.

American Board of Medical Specialties Boards with Journal Article-Based Continuing Certification Activities

ABMS BoardNameArticle SelectionMOC PartNo. of Articles/YearDiplomate RequirementPass Score (%)Article Access
American Board of Obstetrics and GynecologyLLSA Assigned ArticlesExpert PanelPart II LLSA150–16030 articles/year; 4 MCQs per article80Full text (nearly all)
American Board of PediatricsQuestion of the WeekExpert Editorial TeamPart II LLSA5050 articles/year; 1 MCQ per article100Citations only
American Board of Emergency MedicineEM Reading ListExpert PanelPart II LLSA10–1520–30 MCQs per year based on reading list85Citations only
American Board of Medical Genetics and GenomicsLiterature Review ModuleExpert PanelPart II LLSA5–8 articles per specialty area25 MCQs every 2 years80Citations only
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology2019–2021 MOC Part III Pilot ProjectPilot Project Test Writing CommitteePart III16030 articles/year; 5 MCQs per article80Citations only
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology*Performance PathwayExpert PanelPart III150–16030 articles/year; 4 MCQs per article; 6-year cycle86Full text (nearly all)
American Board of Allergy and ImmunologyContinuous Assessment ProgramExpert PanelPart III component6 articles per 8 topic areas10 articles/6 months; 3 MCQs per article80Full text
American Board of OphthalmologyQuarterly QuestionsExpert PanelPart III component3 articles per 11 topic areas5 articles/year; 2 MCQs per article80Full text
American Board of PediatricsMOCA-Peds-Featured ReadingsPracticing pediatricians (on subboard or question writing committee)Part III component1–4 articles per 8 subspecialty or practice categoriesUp to 2 MCQs per articlen/aFull text
ABFM (current plan)ABFM Journal ClubStructured Process National Journal Club CommitteePart II LLSA1004 MCQs per article100Full text
  • Abbreviations: ABFM, American Board of Family Medicine; ABMS, American Board of Medical Specialties; LLSA, lifelong learning/self-assessment; MCQs, multiple choice questions; MOC, maintenance of certification; MOCA-Peds, Maintenance of Certification Assessment for Pediatrics; Part III, the Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills part of the ABMS maintenance of certification program; n/a, not applicable; EM, Emergency Medicine.

  • * The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology initially employed a journal article-based activity as a LLSA (with a passing score of 80%). In 2019, diplomates with an aggregated first-answer pass rate of 86% or more during their 6-year certification cycle qualified them for the performance pathway exemption to the part III MOC secure exam.

  • The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) initially employed a journal article-based activity as a LLSA activity. In 2019, the ABP launched MOCA-Peds that included a journal article-based activity component to its online, nonproctored part III longitudinal assessment platform.