Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA)
Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is an ongoing process of education and assessment for certified physicians to improve practice performance. The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) is responsible for implementing MOC for anesthesiologists. ABA's Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) assures the public that its diplomates demonstrate commitment to quality clinical outcomes and patient safety.
MOCA is required for all diplomates certified in 2000 or later. Each MOCA cycle is a 10-year period that includes:
- ongoing Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment;
- continual assessment of Professional Standing (medical licensure);
- periodic assessments of Practice Performance;
- and a decennial assessment of Cognitive Expertise.
MOCA is an opportunity for physicians to improve their skills in six general competencies- Medical Knowledge; Patient Care; Practice-Based Learning and Improvement; Professionalism; Interpersonal and Communication Skills; and Systems- Based Practice.To find out more about MOCA and the details of requirements for your cohort visit the ABA website, email questions to: moca@theABA.org or call 866-999-7501. You may also view an online MOCA® Program tutorial to address frequently asked questions and concerns of constituents.
The ASA produces educational programs to help diplomates meet the requirements of MOCA. ASA is currently developing programs to meet the new requirements for subspecialty certification. To find out more about ASA's MOCA programs click the "How ASA Can Help" link under the MOCA tab.
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