ABMS Portfolio Program: Requirements and Credit Translation for Continuing Certification

This table identifies the ABMS Member Boards’ and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants’ (NCCPA) requirements for meeting continuing certification (MOC) through the ABMS Portfolio Program.

Evidence of participation must be submitted according to the ABMS Portfolio Program meaningful participation requirements. ABMS Portfolio Program Sponsors review and approve team-based internal QI/PI and patient safety activities according to the requirements established by the ABMS Portfolio Program.

Email questions to PortfolioProgram@abms.org.

Updated May 2021

Certifying Body:
American Board of …
General Improvement in Medical Practice RequirementsWhat do diplomates receive for documented participation in an ABMS Portfolio Program project?Can resident QI/PS work be submitted through the ABMS Portfolio Program?
Anesthesiology (ABA)25 Points of Practice Assessment/QI Activities every FIVE years
Link to IMP/Part IV info
—Traditional MOCA: ONE Part IV Case Evaluation
—MOCA 2.0: 20 points for standard participation, 25 for leaders
No
Dermatology (ABD)ONE Practice Assessment/QI Activity every FIVE years
Link to IMP/Part IV info
ONE Practice Assessment/QI ActivityNo
Emergency Medicine (ABEM)ONE Practice Improvement (PI) Activity every FIVE years
Link to IMP/Part IV info
ONE PI Activity No
Family Medicine (ABFM)ONE Improvement in Medical Practice Module every THREE years
Link to IMP/Part IV info
ONE Improvement in Medical Practice ModuleYes – PI credit is applied to resident portfolio
Internal Medicine (ABIM)Optional; Incentive for participation in approved activities
Link to IMP/Part IV info
30 Practice Assessment PointsNo
Medical Genetics and Genomics (AGMGG)ONE Improvement in Medical Practice Module every THREE years
Link to IMP/Part IV info
ONE Improvement in Medical Practice ModuleNo
Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG)Yearly participation in an Improvement in Medical Practice Activity
Link to IMP/Part IV info
ONE Improvement in Medical Practice ActivityNo
Ophthalmology (ABOp)Completion of the first improvement activity by year 5 and the second activity by year 8 is recommended, but not required. Both activities are required by end of year 10
Link to IMP/Part IV info
ONE Practice Improvement ActivityNo
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS)Under development
Link to IMP/Part IV info
ONE Performance Improvement ModuleNo
Pathology (ABPath)Yearly: Evidence of (1) Laboratory Accreditation, (2) Laboratory Quality Assurance, and (3) ONE Practice Assessment/QI Activity
Link to IMP/Part IV info
ONE Practice Assessment/QI ActivityNo
Pediatrics (ABP)Obtaining a minimum of 40 Improvement in Medical Practice points every FIVE years
Link to IMP/Part IV info
25 Improvement in Medical Practice PointsYes – QI points will be applied towards first MOC cycle
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR)ONE Practice Assessment/QI Activity every FIVE years
Link to IMP/Part IV info
ONE Practice Assessment/QI ActivityYes – QI points will be applied towards first MOC cycle
Preventive Medicine (ABPM)ONE IMP Activity every FIVE years (TWO per 10-year cycle); Clinical Informatics diplomates must complete THREE per 10-year cycle
Link to IMP/Part IV info
ONE IMP ActivityNo
Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)ONE Practice Assessment/QI Activity every THREE years
Link to IMP/Part IV info
ONE Practice Assessment/QI ActivityNo
Radiology (ABR)ONE Practice Quality Improvement (PQI) Project or Participatory Activity every THREE years
Link to IMP/Part IV info – Radiation Oncology
Link to IMP/Part IV info – Interventional Radiology
— Link to IMP/Part IV info – Diagnostic Radiology
ONE PQI projectNo
Surgery (ABS)Required participation in a local, regional or national outcomes registry or quality assessment program
Link to IMP/Part IV info
ONE Quality Assessment ProgramNo
Thoracic Surgery (ABTS)ONE Practice Assessment/QI Activity every FIVE years
Link to IMP/Part IV info
ONE Practice Assessment/QI ActivityNo
Urology (ABU)Completion of a Practice Assessment Protocol (PAP) every TWO years; case log review
Link to IMP/Part IV info
ONE PAP ActivityNo
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)100 CME credits per two-year cycle, including at least 50 Category I CME credits
Link to IMP/Part IV info
30 PI-CME Credits (NCCPA doubles the first 20 PI-CME credits earned for each PA per CME logging cycle)N/A