Value of Board Certification to Health Care

Board certification is an important initial step in professional development.

As physicians’ practices change over time, anticipating future workforce needs requires an understanding of practice change and overlapping scope of practice among different medical specialties.

The ABMS Program for MOC plays a vital role in making sure physicians critically evaluate their practices, acquire new skills, and adapt their practices to changing patient health needs.

Importance to Patients

Patients benefit from a physician’s focus on the core competencies for quality care by receiving:

  • Better communicative relationships built on listening and sharing
  • Improved sensitivity to their needs and concerns
  • Demonstrated clinical knowledge concerning their medical condition
  • Coordinated care from interprofessional teams and integrated systems of care

Relevance to Physician Practice

ABMS MOC is recognized as an important quality marker by hospitals, quality and credentialing organizations and insurers as well as the federal government. Through the ABMS MOC program, board certified physicians advance the standard of specialty medical care nationwide for improved outcomes and better patient experiences.

Physician benefits from participating in MOC:

  • Focused learning based on individual practice needs
  • Increased practice-based and clinical efficiencies
  • Enhanced communication with colleagues, patients, and caregivers
  • Better working relationships within the system of care