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American Board of Clinical Lipidologists Maintenance of Certification

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The MOC Process

The ABCL is committed to establishing and maintaining a rigorous and clinically valid certification process to assure clinical competency by physicians in the field of Clinical Lipidology. Of even greater importance, the certification process helps achieve good patient outcomes by promoting a standard of excellence in clinical care. The ABCL Board of Directors has carefully and intentionally designed an MOC program that offers flexibility and accommodation for diplomates, while staying true to the six core competencies of MOC set forth by the ABMS: professionalism, interpersonal skills, communication skills, procedural skills, system-based practice, and patient care.

As with the MOC process established by the ABMS constituent boards, the ABCL’s MOC Program encourages, measures, and recognizes the essential task of maintenance of competency through lifelong learning. In efforts to achieve the mission of the ABCL and promote the interests of Diplomates and their patients, the ABCL is pursuing formal recognition of Clinical Lipidology as a subspecialty by the ABIM in the near future. To remain certified with the ABCL, all Diplomates must comply with MOC requirements detailed in the MOC Program Guide.

The ABCL MOC program is an ongoing educational process made up of four parts: Part I – Licensure and Professionalism, Part II – Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment, Part III – Practice Performance Assessment, and Part IV – Cognitive Expertise.

Part I – Licensure and Professionalism

Diplomates must possess a valid medical license to practice in the United States or Canada. Licensure must be unrestricted and active throughout the entire 10 years in which MOC is being completed.

Part II – Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment

Diplomates are required to participate in lipid-focused continuing medical education to maintain their certification. Continuing medical education programs must be completed during the 10 years between initial certification and recertification. Diplomates are also encouraged to complete lipid-focused self-assessment programs. Self-assessment programs must be completed in the last three years prior to recertification.

Part III – Practice Performance Assessment

Diplomates have the option of participating in approved practice performance activities to meet recertification requirements. Participation in this section of MOC is optional for Diplomates.

Part IV – Cognitive Expertise

During the 9th year of certification, Diplomates must submit a MOC recertification application and appropriate forms to the ABCL office. Once their application has been approved, Diplomates will receive an email confirmation to register for the recertification exam. The recertification exam is administered online through the Kryterion testing network and is not proctored. This means you can take the recertification exam from your home, office, or anywhere that is convenient for you. Diplomates are allowed to utilize reference materials, books, or other study aids to complete the exam. A list of suggested reading references for study can be found here.

The 3-hour MOC exam contains approximately 100 multiple-choice questions, with the subject matter covering the following areas:

Subject Area

Percent of Exam

Classification, Measurement and Metabolism of Lipids and Lipoproteins 7%
Pathophysiology and Vascular Biology 4%
Pathophysiology and Genetic Dyslipidemias 13%
Evidence-based Medicine and Statistics for the Clinical Lipidologist 8%
Identification and Clinical Significance of CVD Risk Factors and Risk Indicators 14%
Therapeutic Lifestyle Change 14%
Treatment of Dyslipidemia (Including Guidelines) 25%
Special Populations and Consultative Issues in Clinical Lipidology 15%

MOC Point Requirements

Diplomates participating in MOC must accumulate at least 250 points, as described below, during the 10 years between initial certification and recertification.

PART I: LICENSURE AND PROFESSIONALISM

POINTS

MAX POINTS

CERTIFICATION: Board certification in a primary board OR subspecialty board: Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism; Cardiology; Nephrology; or other relevant field 50 100
LICENSURE (REQUIRED): Demonstrate evidence of active licensure to practice medicine in all jurisdictions in which the Diplomate practices 50

PART II: SELF-ASSESSMENT AND LIFELONG LEARNING

POINTS

MAX POINTS

SELF-ASSESEMENT: Complete a lipidology-related self-assessment program (SAP) of at least 100 items with at least 50 items in knowledge assessment and 50 items in clinical vignettes in the last 3 years prior to recertification

AND/OR

2 per credit hour 150
LIFE-LONG LEARNING:Complete AMA PRA Category 1 CME in lipidology or relevant topics (preventive cardiology, coronary, carotid or peripheral artery disease, vascular medicine; endocrine-related dyslipidemias or hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism; chronic kidney disease, nephrotic syndrome; acute pancreatitis, etc.)

AND/OR

2 per credit hour
ACADEMIC WORK: Academic practice and/or relevant faculty appointment at an ACGME recognized institution

AND/OR

50
ACADEMIC WORK: Authorship on scholarly publications relevant to Clinical Lipidology 5 (minor publication)
10 (major publication)

PART III: PRACTICE PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT (OPTIONAL)

POINTS

MAX POINTS

PRACTICE PERFORMANCE ACTIVITY: Complete and report at least one Practice/Performance Improvement (PI) activity

OR

Up to 50 50
INTERPERSONAL AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS IMPROVEMENT (ICS ACTIVITY) Up to 50
SYSTEMS-BASED PRACTICE IMPROVEMENT (SBPI) ACTIVITY Up to 50

PART IV: COGNITIVE EXPERTISE EXAM

Complete recertification exam every 10 years.

Documentation of activities to fulfill the requirements above will be accepted at the discretion of the ABCL MOC Committee.

Maintenance of Certification Fee

The MOC fee enables the ABCL to provide a high-quality MOC program to Diplomates. This fee includes: application processing, license verification, points requirement verification, examination, and certificate printing and mailing.

A $600 recertification fee is required when submitting your application for maintenance of certification. This fee can be paid via credit card or check. Please make checks payable to “The American Board of Clinical Lipidology.”

Approved MOC Activities

Self-Assessment Program Activities*

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Activities*

*Credits from previous versions of courses above completed within the appropriate MOC time requirements will be accepted. Appropriate CME certificates must be submitted for proof of completion of MOC activities.