Clinical Investigator Pathway

Call for Nominations

The Multi-Specialty MOC Portfolio Approval Program (Portfolio Program) is seeking nominees to an expert panel to guide the refinement of standards for improvement efforts that would qualify for MOC Part IV credit. This panel is being convened to develop rigorous standards for quality improvement (QI) efforts that specifically include a research component. It is anticipated that to be eligible for MOC Part IV credit, the research effort must be implemented into practice to determine if care improves.

The Portfolio Program offers a streamlined approach for organizations that sponsor and support multiple well-designed quality improvement efforts involving physicians across multiple disciplines to work with ABMS Member Boards to grant MOC Part IV credit to physicians who are involved in those activities. The criteria for participation in the Portfolio Program include organizational requirements, standards for QI efforts for MOC Part IV credit, and requirements for meaningful physician participation in the improvement effort.

The standards to be developed by this expert panel must be approved by the governing body of the Portfolio Program and are intended to supplement the existing Portfolio Program standards for QI efforts.

Physician and non-physician nominees to this panel should have extensive experience in the design and implementation of QI efforts and QI research. Some experience in reviewing improvement efforts for publication or other purposes would also be valuable. Physician nominees must be enrolled in the Maintenance of Certification program of their Board(s) and be “meeting MOC requirements,” if this status is reported by the physician’s Board(s).

This work is scheduled to occur during the first half of 2013 and will be conducted primarily by teleconference. Panel members will be asked to review a number of QI efforts and provide written input as well as participate in approximately three (3) conference calls of up to two (2) hours each over a five (5) month period. A modest honorarium will be provided.

Nominations will be accepted from both individuals and organizations, but all nominations must be of a specific individual. Nominations must be received by Friday, March 8, 2013 and must include:

  • Letter of nomination, addressing the nominee’s specific expertise
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Completed disclosure and conflict of interest form

Complete materials should be sent to