The Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program

The Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program

The Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program, a service provided through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), works with all types of health care organizations to recognize the work physicians are already doing to improve their practices and the care of their patients. It offers an option for organizations to support physician involvement in local improvement initiatives and award physicians Part IV credit.

The Portfolio Program promotes organizational effectiveness and efficiency through team-based improvement initiatives that are directly related to the physicians’ practice and influences the patient care delivered. This program promotes improvement within a physician’s home institution and patient population.

For a list of approved Portfolio Sponsors please visit:

Benefits of Participation

In addition to providing greater convenience in completing MOC Part 4 activities, the program provides:

  • An alternative method for obtaining MOC Part 4 credit
  • Ability to collaborate with other ABMS member specialty boards on improvement projecgts
  • An opportunity to interact with leading organizations involved in quality improvement
  • Engagement with approved portfolio sponsors supportive of physician involvement in MOC
  • A pathway to improve patient outcomes and promote improvement in your home institution

Recommended Ophthalmic Projects

In an effort to encourage participation among ophthalmologists through the Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program, the American Board of Ophthalmology recommends that participating diplomates consider the following types of organizational projects:

  • Medication errors and practice access issues
  • Wrong site surgery/wrong choice surgery/inappropriate surgery
  • Low vision-related safety issues (e.g., falls in the elderly, driving issues)
  • Professionalism (e.g., ethical practice, COI issues, confidentiality, cultural considerations)
  • Practice-based learning & improvement (e.g., patient/staff safety, error reduction, management of adverse events, QI culture, lifelong learning strategies)
  • System-based practice (e.g., intelligent and appropriate resource use [office testing, consultants, neuro-imaging], evidence-based medicine, medico-legal issues)
  • Diagnostic errors (e.g., system errors, educational/knowledge deficiencies, communications failures, poor histories, poor records/documentation, cognitive biases)

Questions regarding the Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program (MSPP) can be directed to Teena Nelson ( Questions regarding ABO MOC requirements for the Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program can be directed to ABO MOC Staff at (