Radiology board moves ahead with pilot replacement of 10-year MOC exam

Following the American Board of Radiology’s (ABR) May 18 announcement that it is working to replace the existing maintenance of certification (MOC) rule—by which board-certified radiologists must take an exam every 10 years or forfeit their certification—the organization has posted a helpful FAQ page.

The planned changes take aim at MOC Part 3, which covers assessment of knowledge, judgment and skills.

In a nutshell, ABR plans to replace the current MOC Part 3 testing mechanism—a traditional test given in intervals at exam centers—with a “continuous assessment” method offered online.

“The ABR Board made this decision very recently,” ABR adds in the FAQ, “so many details are yet to be determined.”

ABR says it will pilot the continuous-testing approach in the second half of 2018 and, if the system works to the organization’s satisfaction, it may be made permanent by mid-2019.

Click here for the rest of the FAQ.