Maintenance of Certification

Maintenance of Certification Assessments 

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) require certified physicians participating in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) to earn points for “Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment.”  Accredited CME providers, such as HRS, may designate CME activities as eligible for MOC points, as long as specific requirements are met. 

HRS Maintenance of Certification Goals

The goal of the MOC process are twofold:

  1. To help HRS members and stakeholders meet their board certification requirements by participating fully in HRS education; and
  2. To provide HRS leadership with physician feedback regarding how Scientific Session education impacts decision-making and perspectives regarding new opportunities and challenges in the field in order to assist with planning for future Scientific Sessions and other educational offerings. 

The MOC Assessment Submission Site will open Wednesday, May 6, 2020.  You must complete the MOC Assessment on or before December 2020 in order to receive MOC Points for Heart Rhythm 2020 Scientific Sessions..  

Earning Your MOC Points

For the 2020 Heart Rhythm Scientific Sessions, learners are required to answer 1 open-ended question for ABIM MOC and 3 open-ended questions for ABP MOC, with a recommended length of 50 to 100 words, to demonstrate meaningful and active engagement in the education presented during the meeting.  These questions will be assessed to ensure learners engagement in accomplishing the activity objectives, reflected upon the content, and satisfactorily complete the required questions. 

MOC Assessment answers will be evaluated for meaningful and active engagement of the participant. HRS requires individuals to submit their assessment answers in a manner that exemplify active and meaningful engagement. Where there are two parts in the question(s) (ex. identify & explain), both parts need to be articulated in the answers.  

ABIM MOC Question

  1. Answer both parts of this question – recommended length is 50 to 100 words

     a)     Identify a new scientific advancement, innovation, guideline or best practice which will influence you to make a change to your practice and

    b)      Explain how it may impact the care and outcomes of your patients with heart rhythm disorders.

ABP MOC Questions (Note that ABP requires that diplomates answer all 3 reflective questions)

  1. Answer all three questions fully – recommended length is 50 to 100 words
    1. Identify a new scientific advancement or innovation discussed during the conference and explain how it could impact the care and outcomes of your pediatric patients with heart rhythm disorders.
    2. Describe how you will change your management of pediatric patients to better follow clinical guidelines / recommendations and explain why you are willing to make this change.
    3. For your pediatric patients for whom management protocols remain controversial, explain how you may alter your management approach based upon what you have learned at the conference.

Individual data will be shared with the ACCME through their PARS reporting system. Aggregate data from all responses will be used to assist in the planning of future Scientific Sessions and other educational programming. Aggregate data (but no individual data) may be shared with funders or other commercial entities.

NOTE: Please be sure to complete the CME credit process PRIOR to submitting your MOC responses. The number of MOC points earned will equal the number of CME credits claimed (up to a maximum of 34 points). To earn MOC points, you have to claim your CME credits and answer the assessment questions.

DEADLINE: ABIM MOC Assessment must be submitted on or before December 31, 2020 to be eligible to receive ABIM MOC points. ABP MOC Assessment must be submitted on or before December 1, 2020 to be eligible to receive ABP MOC points. The amount of MOC points claimed is equal to the CME credits awarded. To submit your MOC assessment responses follow the following instructions.

From the Online Planner and Mobile

  1. Login using your badge ID and last name
  2. Click on "Credit Cart/Certificate/MOC" and select the “MOC Assessment” on the right middle section of the screen.
  3. Complete the required fields and provide your ABIM/ABP Diplomate ID
  4. Complete the MOC assessment questions.
  5. Complete the “MOC Evaluation Questions”
  6. Click submit. You will receive an email confirmation from HRS regarding the status of your assessment.
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