The Patient Safety option of the MOC program gives ABIM Board Certified physicians the opportunity to complete activities to advance national patient safety goals.
ABIM has extended the decision to not require Patient Safety in its MOC program through 12/31/2018. See details.
A Patient Safety activity must address at least one of the following topics:
- Foundational knowledge (must include all of the following):
- Epidemiology of error: should prepare physicians to discuss the key definitions that underpin current patient safety efforts
- Fundamentals of patient safety improvement (plan, do, study, act or PDSA): should engage physicians in a PDSA cycle focused on patient safety
- Culture of safety: should identify the specific elements (i.e., the beliefs, attitudes and values about work and risks) that contribute to safety culture
- Prevention of adverse events (examples include, but are not limited to):
- Medication safety (e.g., medication reconciliation, safe use of analgesics and sedatives, identification and remediation of polypharmacy in the elderly)
- Prevention of healthcare-acquired infections
- Falls prevention
- Teamwork and care coordination
Getting activities approved
Medical Knowledge activities can be registered for Patient Safety MOC credit through the ABIM Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program
Practice Assessment activities can be approved for Patient Safety MOC through the Approved Quality Improvement (AQI) Program.
Medical Knowledge Activities
View Medical Knowledge activities that earn Patient Safety MOC credit
Medical Knowledge activities can be registered for Patient Safety MOC credit through the ABIM Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program.
Practice Assessment Activities
View Practice Assessment activities that earn Patient Safety MOC credit