Maintaining Certification






Learn more about the MOCA program

Our goal is to promote lifelong learning, encourage patient safety and improve public health through our Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program. We redesigned the program using diplomate feedback to provide more opportunities to continuously learn and assess knowledge in an interactive way.

The main components of the program include:

  • Maintaining active and unrestricted medical licensure
  • Completing 250 credits of Category 1 CME activities (including 20 patient safety)
  • Answering 120 MOCA Minute questions every year and meeting the performance standard
  • Collecting 50 points of Quality Improvement (QI) activities during your 10-year MOCA cycle (25 points in years 1-5 and 25 points in years 6-10)

  • View the full details of the MOCA program on the MOCA home page.


Keep Your Medical License Updated

All diplomates must maintain an active medical license. Your medical license should be in an active, unrestricted status to practice medicine in at least one jurisdiction of the U.S. or Canada. Advise us of restrictions placed on your medical license(s) and provide complete information about restrictions within 60 days of their imposition.

We are piloting a system to automatically update your medical license status for you. If your license status is incorrect in your portal account, please contact us for assistance. Learn More.

What You Need to Know

  • Your medical license should be active to be considered “Participating in MOC"
  • You should review your medical license information in your portal account each year
  • If your medical license becomes restricted, let us know within 60 days

  • See how to update your license.


Complete CME Activities

We ask that you earn 250 Category 1 CME credits during your MOCA cycle, at least 20 of which should be ABA-approved Patient Safety CME. We worked with the ACCME to create the CME Explorer, our online catalog of Category 1 CMEs. Here you can easily find CME activities (including patient safety) that are relevant to your practice. Learn more about CME activities for MOCA.

What you Need to Know

  • All credits earned must be Category 1 CME activities; 20 credits must be ABA-approved Patient Safety activities

  • Find 800+ CME activities in the CME Explorer in your portal account
  • Submit half of your CMEs (125) by the end of Year 5 of your 10-year MOCA cycle and all 250 CMEs by the end of Year 10

Maintain Your Knowledge with MOCA Minute

MOCA Minute® is an interactive, web-based learning tool that replaces the MOCA Exam and consists of multiple-choice questions. It allows you to continuously assess your knowledge, fill knowledge gaps and demonstrate your proficiency. Learn more about MOCA Minute.

What You Need to Know

  • Access questions via weekly email reminders, your portal account or the mobile app
  • We use Measurement Decision Theory (MDT) to calculate your performance, which is based on each question’s difficulty and your pattern of responses
  • Answer 120 questions each year by 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 31 and maintain an MDT p-value of ≥ 0.10

Participate in Quality Improvement (QI)

You have several activity options you may complete to fulfill the Quality Improvement program component. The goal is to demonstrate that you are participating in evaluations of your clinical practice and are engaging in practice improvement activities.

Points will be awarded for each activity based on the time and effort associated with their completion. Learn more about QI activities.

What you Need to Know

  • You have a variety of options to choose from, such as presenting an M&M and point-of-care learning. View the full list of options.
  • Report the number of hours spent on each activity in your portal. Click here for instructions.
  • Attest to your clinical activity in year 9 of your MOCA cycle and submit three references to confirm your clinical activity.

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