New and Improved! The ABPN Continuing Certification Program
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Expires on Jun 25, 2024
Credit Offered
0.75 CME Credit
0.75 COP Credit

Continuing Certification (CC, formerly called Maintenance of Certification, or MOC) is a staple of all medical specialties. However, it continues to cause controversy and elicit emotions among many psychiatrists. Most professionals agree with the underlying rationale that once we finish our formal training, we should demonstrate that we are continuing to practice life-long learning. The devil is, however, in the details – for CC to be useful, the process should be relevant and meaningful to a psychiatrist’s practice. The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) is currently testing a pilot program of an alternative approach to the Part 3 (10-year exam) portion of CC using a journal article-based assessment option. The pilot began in 2019. In this workshop, we will describe the pilot process and update participants on the results of the pilot to date. We will then discuss our ongoing plans, including how the pilot can be implemented for all diplomates as well as incorporate subspecialty training into the process.


Recorded video/slide presentation.

This content was recorded as part of the 2021 Annual Meeting On Demand.

Learning Objectives

  • Articulate the rationale behind continuing education
  • Describe the ABPN Continuing Certification process, including the pilot process
  • Describe best practices for lifelong learning

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, Residents/Fellows

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 75 minutes
Program Start Date: June 25, 2021
Program End Date: June 25, 2024

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

All financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this activity have been mitigated.


  • Robert J. Boland, MD, The Menninger Clinic/Baylor School of Medicine. Disclosures: ABPN Board of Directors.
  • Joan Anzia, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Program Planners

  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, Former Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Ally Brown, MS, Associate Director of Online Learning, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.


  • Anzia JM. Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry and the Role of Certification. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2021;44(2):309-316. doi:10.1016/j.psc.2021.03.001
  • Hunt J, Brannan E, Sexson S. Lifelong Learning for Professional Development in Psychiatry: Pedagogy, Innovations, and Maintenance of Certification. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2019;42(3):425-437. doi:10.1016/j.psc.2019.05.014

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