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ASCP Corner: Qualifications for Recertification: An Important but Evolving Set of Standards.
Any ethical and conscientious medical practitioner recognizes that education cannot cease when one has successfully completed a training program. All physicians are obliged to their patients to continue lifelong learning throughout their careers. However, until 1994, certification by all American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member boards was a 1-time event that lasted the lifetime of one’s practice. Since 1994, all ABMS boards, including the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), have granted 10-year time-limited certification to successful diplomates. This was a first step in developing policies that require systematic individual plans for lifelong learning. This systematic approach, entitled the “Maintenance of Certification Program” (MOC), has been adopted by all ABMS boards.