Current Membership Resources:
CME and Self-Assessment Credits
Practice Improvement Credit
In 2015, AAPM&R called upon ABPMR to make immediate changes to MOC Parts III and IV. Additionally, the Academy released its position statement on MOC.
Since the original position statement was released, AAPM&R has been advocating publicly and directly with ABMS and ABPMR leadership to address physiatry’s concerns regarding MOC.
In support of the position statement released in 2015, that same year the Academy changed our membership criteria to acknowledge continuing certification is an Academy membership option; obtaining primary certification, not maintaining it, is the requirement for Fellow Member status in the Academy.
To ease the financial burden of MOC, in 2016 we updated our member benefits to include complimentary MOC resources to meet current Part II and Part IV requirements—a free SAE-P and access to all PIPs. Since 2016, members can meet all their annual MOC requirements with free Academy resources as part of membership.
In 2018, the Academy testified at the ABMS-convened Vision for the Future Commission. AAPM&R advocated that true changes in certification and continuing certification must be forward thinking and based on an understanding of the future customers and stakeholders' needs.
In 2018, AAPM&R has held numerous meetings and phone calls with ABPMR leadership, voicing our concerns and our members’ frustrations.
In the Fall of 2019, ABPMR and AAPM&R met in Rosemont, IL and discussed the ongoing evolution of physician assessment in the future health care environment and the roles both organizations can serve to support physiatrists in their success. Additionally, AAPM&R discussed current frustration by some members regarding the transition to Longitudinal Assessment for PM&R (LA-PM&R) in an open and honest dialogue, reinforcing our position. While there was no firm resolution at this point in time, AAPM&R will continue to advocate for physiatrists in improving MOC.
In April 2021, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) released "Draft Standards for Continuing Certification – Call for Comments". ABMS is the governing organization that establishes the standards its 24 member Boards (including the American Board of Physical Medical and Rehabilitation) use to develop and implement educational and assessment programs used in certification. The Academy knows this is an issue of high importance to our members and we would encourage you to review this document and send any feedback directly to ABMS and/or ABPMR. The Academy will also be reviewing the document in detail and advocating for our members in accordance with the AAPMR Position Statement regarding MOC, which calls for a meaningful and relevant process that does not place an undue professional or financial burden on practicing physiatrists.
In July 2021, AAPM&R worked in collaboration with our peer specialty societies via the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) to create a unified and strong response submitted July 8 to the American Board of Medical Specialties’ (ABMS) call for comments regarding the Draft Standards for Continuing Certification. By working collaboratively with CMSS to create our comments, AAPM&R joins with 45-member specialty societies, and the estimated 800,000 U.S. physicians they represent to provide detailed feedback on the draft standards. And our message was clear, the draft standards do not meet our expectations for a more meaningful, less arduous and less costly process.