6. Why should I voluntarily do MOC if I was boarded before January, 2015?
ABGERO certified Specialists know that the competencies demonstrated at the time of initial certification are not static in nature and that the growth and evolving complexity of geropsychology science and practice require ongoing learning and self-assessment in order to continue to deliver high quality clinical outcomes. MOC provides Specialists an efficient and structured means to document the efforts thatcompetent specialists already pursue. Participating in the ABGERO MOC process and registering MOC status with ABPP represents a professional response to the need for public accountability and transparency which is recognized as an important quality indicator by patients, attorneys, insurers, hospitals, and the federal government. Participation in MOC also demonstrates commitment to the highest standards of practice and regard for public welfare, reasons that likely led you to pursue board certification in the first place.
The ABGERO Board and MOC Committee have made every effort to tailor the MOC requirements to geropsychological practice and to minimize documentation burden. The ABGERO MOC process does not involve re-examination and is not designed to be punitive. Even in the unlikely event that your current professional activities do not meet ABGERO MOC criteria, you will be provided specific, constructive feedback on meeting MOC criteria and given one year to resubmit materials.
Finally, MOC participation sets a clear leadership example for colleagues and geropsychology students across all levels of training, and supports ABPP in its mission to establish and uphold standards for specialty clinical practice.