Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! The Portfolio Program and the participating ABMS Member Boards offer an array of frequently asked questions (and answers) in response to inquiries about the Program.


Q: What is the fee to participate in the Portfolio Program?

A: There is a non-refundable $1,000 application fee due upon submission of the Portfolio Program Application through the MOC Activity Manager. If the applying organization is approved for participation in the Portfolio Program, a $5,000 participation fee is due. The renewal fee is $5,000. Fees are subject to change.

Q: What is the approval term?

A: Portfolio Sponsors are approved or renewed for a two year term.

Q: Does the fee to participate increase if more ABMS Member Boards participate in the Portfolio Program?

A: No. There is no increase in fees if additional ABMS Member Boards choose to participate.

Q: Where can I find a list of the approved Portfolio Sponsors?

A: You can find a list of the approved Portfolio Sponsors here.

Q: Does the Portfolio Program review draft applications or provide assistance with completing the application process?

A: Yes. We will review a draft application one time (upon request) for no charge and provide feedback to the applicant organization. Assistance with completing the application is available here.

Q: Does the Portfolio Program help organizations understand the MOC requirements of the participating ABMS Member Boards?

A: We provide periodic webinars with the participating ABMS Member Boards for approved Portfolio Sponsors. These webinars are recorded and posted here. Otherwise, each physician is responsible for knowing and understanding their own unique requirements for their certifying Boards’ MOC program. You can access MOC information for each of the participating ABMS Member Boards via the links on the right. More specific links are available here.

Q: How does the Portfolio Program help physicians certified by multiple ABMS Member Boards?

A: Physicians certified by more than one participating ABMS Member Board receive MOC Part IV credit from each of their Boards for participating in one QI effort approved through the Portfolio Program. Some ABMS Member Boards grant full reciprocity to Diplomates who meet all the MOC requirements of another ABMS Member Board.

Q: Why do Portfolio Sponsors have to notify the Portfolio Program of approved QI efforts? 

A: First, the participating ABMS Member Boards load the approved QI effort into their systems in order to assign MOC Part IV credit to an individual physician. Without a QI effort to associate to the physician, no credit can be given. Second, the Portfolio Program utilizes the information provided in approved QI efforts to assist new Portfolio Sponsors with working within the standards and guidelines of the program and to select which activities require Progress Reports for determining continued participation within the program. Lastly, a subset of the data provided in the notification is used to list the approved QI effort on many of the participating ABMS Member Boards sites.

Q: What are the Progress Reports used for?

A: Progress Reports are used to verify that the Portfolio Sponsor is approving and monitoring QI efforts that meet the standards and guidelines of the Portfolio Program as agreed. Further information about progress reporting can be found here under “Sponsor Reporting Requirements.”

Q: Is there a prescribed QI methodology that must be followed for approved QI efforts in the Portfolio Program?

A:  No. Any improvement method may be used. Methodologies previously used in the Portfolio Program include FADE, PDSA/PDCA, Six Sigma (DMAIC), Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), Total Quality Management (TQM), and LEAN. Each is a means to get to improvement and share the common principles of understanding systems, understanding variation in processes over time, understanding theories of knowledge, and understanding the psychology of change in complex organizations.

Q: What credit is given from the participating ABMS Member Boards for an approved QI effort?

A: Equivalent credit from the participating ABMS Member Boards is given for participation in an approved QI effort. At a minimum, physicians will receive the following credit from their certifying Boards for participating in an approved QI effort:

Board MOC Credit
ABAI 1 module
ABA 1 MOC Part IV Case Evaluation
ABD 1 Practice Assessment QI module of Component IV
ABEM 1 current patient care practice improvement requirement
ABFM 1 module or 20 points depending on the year of recertification
ABIM 20 points
ABMG 1 module
ABOG 1 MOC Part IV assignment (maximum allowed in a calendar year)
ABO 1 Practice Improvement Module
ABOS 1 Performance in Pratice (PIP) clinical module, which counts for 10 SAE credits. If the QI effort involves a patient or peer survey, the physician may receive credit for 1 PIP feedback module, which counts for 10 SAE credits.
ABOT meet MOC Part IV requirement for performance in practice
ABPath 1 MOC Part IV activity
ABP 1 activity or 25 points depending on the year of recertification
ABPMR 1 project
ABPM meet MOC Part IV assessment of practice performance
ABPN 1 Performance in Practice (PIP) clinical module. If the QI effort involves a patient or peer survey, the physician may also receive credit for 1 PIP feedback module.
ABR 1 Practice Quality Improvement (PQI) project
ABS 1 quality assessment program or participation in a national, regional, or local outcomes database
ABTS 1 activity or quality assessment program