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ABMS-NPSF Issue Joint Call for Patient Safety Activities

Monday, June 13, 2016   (0 Comments)
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ABMS MOC Directory aims to increase diplomates’ access to practice-relevant Patient Safety Activities and earn MOC Credit.

Chicago, IL, June 13, 2016—The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), a leading organization that oversees physician Board Certification and the ABMS Program for Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®) in the United States, and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), a central voice for patient safety since 1997, have issued a joint call for patient safety activities to enrich the ABMS MOC Directory, powered by MedEdPORTAL (MOC Directory). The Joint Call for Patient Safety Activities encourages members of the continuing medical education (CME), patient safety, and quality improvement communities to submit web-based, accredited educational activities that address specialty and practice specific safety priorities.

Since its launch in October 2015, the MOC Directory has continued to grow, and now indexes more than 350 CME MOC activities for ABMS Member Board diplomates. The MOC Directory offers Board Certified physicians access to a comprehensive, centralized repository of approved MOC activities across medical specialties and subspecialties. The MOC Directory also has been embraced by CME providers as its common submission form offers a simple way for providers to submit and receive approval(s) for MOC credit.

Activities sought in the joint ABMS/NPSF call include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Safe and effective diagnoses
  • Diagnostic pitfalls
  • Safety in the ambulatory care setting
  • Engaging the team in diagnostic accuracy
  • Engaging patients and families
  • The role of health care information technology in diagnostic accuracy
  • Simulation experiences that improve team communication
  • Specialty considerations for diagnostic accuracy
  • Medication safety

Accredited CME activities that satisfy ABMS Member Boards’ MOC requirements for Lifelong Learning (Part II), Lifelong Learning - Self-Assessment (Part II - SA), or Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) are eligible for submission. Approved practice-relevant safety activities will integrate the core competencies defined by ABMS and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and meet the needs of diplomates of one or more Member Boards. All approvals will be determined by the Member Boards.


The joint call for activities represents another in a host of collaborative efforts between ABMS and NPSF aimed at enhancing awareness of and access to practice-relevant patient safety programming. The two organizations recently partnered to host a Summit on Certification and Diagnostic Accuracy. The NPSF Online Patient Safety Curriculum was the first foundational MOC safety education program to be approved by ABMS Member Boards. In addition, ABMS has recently approved the NPSF online educational module entitled Patient Blood Management through the Lens of Patient Safety as a new offering in the MOC Directory.

For additional information about the Joint Call for Patient Safety MOC Activities, please contact Susie Flynn, Director, Academic Services at

About ABMS

Established in 1933, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) continues to be the leading not-for-profit organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. ABMS establishes the standards its 24 Member Boards use to develop and implement educational and professional evaluation, assessment, and certification of physician specialists. More than 840,000 physicians are certified in one or more of the approved 37 specialties and 85 subspecialties offered by the ABMS Member Boards. For more information about ABMS, visit or call (312) 436-2600.

About the National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Follow @theNPSF on Twitter.

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