Promoting Excellence in Specialty Care

Through the ABMS Program for Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®), the ABMS Member Boards help to assure that specialists have the training, knowledge, skills, and professionalism to practice in a given medical specialty.

In 2000, the ABMS Member Boards adopted a competency framework that defines good medical practice. These competencies moved beyond the traditional focus on medical knowledge and practice skills to include the promotion of professional behaviors that put patients first and respect patient values and preferences, as well as the adoption of quality improvement skills, effective communication and teamwork, and efficient management of health care systems.