Board Eligibility and Display of MOC Status

As a credentialing professional, gathering information about a physicians’ training, certification, and experience is an important part of your work in building a physician’s professional summary to assess their qualifications.

To help with your credentialing activities, this page provides information about key components of the ABMS Member Board certification process.

Definition of Board Eligible

ABMS defines "board eligibility" as the period of time between when a physician completes an accredited residency program and when initial certification in a specialty is achieved. On January 1, 2012, ABMS established its Board Eligibility Policy which places limits on this time period.

The policy recognizes physicians’ need to use the term "board eligible" as a way to signal their preparations for specialty certification. At the same time, it closes off the potential for abuse through use of the term indefinitely.

When a physician does not achieve initial certification within the board eligibility period, that physician must cease from representing him/herself as being board eligible. The physician must again complete all requirements of the specialty board before being allowed to take the certification examination.

Display of MOC Status

ABMS displays MOC status in its physician profiles to provide the public, the credentialing community, and other professional organizations information that reflects the continuous nature of the certification process.

A physician’s certifying board determines whether or not he or she is meeting its MOC requirements. This information is recognized as an important indicator of a physician’s engagement with the standards of their specialty to provide safe, quality medical care.

View or print the ABMS Board Eligibility and MOC Overview.