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Certificate Reinstatement Policy

Revised 01/01/2019

Diplomates whose certification has lapsed, been revoked, or been otherwise sanctioned must complete a
reinstatement process detailed by the ABO in order to obtain a new certificate. Diplomates may re‐obtain ABO certification by completing the MOC components listed below, also known as the “MOC Fast Track” Re‐Entry Process, within a 3‐year timeframe:

  • Part 1: Professionalism & Professional Standing
    Hold a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine at all times.
  • Part 2: Lifelong Learning & Self‐Assessment
    Attest to the completion of 250 CME once at any time during the 3‐year Fast Track Process using the attestation link on MOC Status Page.
  • Part 3: Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment & Skills
    Meet the annual passing standard on the Quarterly Questions program 3 times.
  • Part 4: Improvement in Medical Practice
    Complete an approved activity from the Improvement in Medical Practice Menu.

Upon successful completion of these steps, a new certificate valid for a period of 10 years shall be awarded.
The ABO currently issues certificates twice per year:

  • January 1 (if MOC activities are completed by December 31 of the previous year)
  • July 1 (if MOC activities are completed between January 1 and June 30)

Credit for Previous MOC Activities

Any MOC credit earned during the most recent 10‐year cycle will remain valid for three years following the date of
certificate expiration. This means that diplomates may apply these activities toward meeting the requirements of
the MOC Fast Track recertification process. However, once the initial 3‐year window has closed, all MOC activities completed during the previous 13 years will become invalid.

Individuals who have been decertified for a period of 4 or more years may submit an application to begin MOC
Fast Track with a clean slate, and will be granted three years to complete all MOC requirements in effect at the
time of application.