Requirements for the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s maintenance-of-certification in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery program (MOC in FPRS®) are now available for review on this website. (Click here for more information). Diplomates who hold time-limited certificates will have to meet these requirements in order to maintain ABFPRS certification. Lifetime certificants may participate in the MOC in FPR® program voluntarily if they wish to demonstrate periodic recertification to patients, hospitals, and others.
“Certification boards generally have been faced by increased public demand for periodic retesting of physicians,” said ABFPRS Immediate Past President, Devinder S. Mangat, MD, who explained that the demand arose from much publicized reports about the frequency of medical errors.
Those reports prompted the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in 2000 to require its primary boards to issue time limited certificates and develop MOC programs that embrace four principles: professional standing, evidence of lifelong learning, demonstration of cognitive expertise, and practice performance.
The ABFPRS followed suit the same year when it issued its last lifetime certificate. In 2001, it began to issue certificates valid for 10 years and charged the ABFPRS Graduate Medical Education Committee with developing a program that met the ABMS’s four principles.
The first MOC in FPR® examination was administered to the ABFPRS Board of Directors and participating Senior Advisers at the June 23, 2007, ABFPRS examination weekend in Washington, D.C. Any diplomate who has questions about his or her status as regards the MOC in FPR® program, should contact Executive Director Laurie Wirth at the ABFPRS office; Tel.: 703-549-3223; Fax: 703-549-3357; 115-C South St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.