Education & Training

Maintenance Of Certification

All ABPN board certified psychiatrists need to fulfill Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements. These requirements consist of four parts:

  • Professionalism and Professional Standing
  • Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment
  • Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills
  • Improvement in Medical Practice (Performance in Practice or PIP). For a full description, visit ABPN’s website here.

Professionalism and Professional Standing
To show evidence of professional standing, all Diplomats must continuously hold an active, full, and unrestricted allopathic and/or osteopathic license to practice medicine.

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Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment

Continuing Medical Education Requirements (CMEs)

View a list of all AAAP’s CME activities

Self Assessment- 

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed and approved AAAP Self-Assessment Competency Examination as part of a comprehensive Self-Assessment Program which is mandated by the ABMS as a necessary component of Maintenance of Certification.

The Self-Assessment Examination’s goal is to provide timely clinical updates on new developments in Addiction Psychiatry, help practicing psychiatrists prepare for recertification and serve as a tool for board review.

Learn more and register for the Self-Assessment Exam

$  100.00 AAAP MEMBERS
$  230.00 NON-MEMBERS

Assessment of Knowledge and Skills

The ABPN administers board examinations to certify or recertify practicing psychiatrists. View the upcoming exam dates.

If you have any questions about the ABPN exam or on what you need to do and when, we suggest you visit their website

Improvement in Medical Practice (PIP)

Performance in Practice (PIP) is designed for clinically active physicians to promote practice improvement activities through both chart review and second-party external review. One PIP unit should be completed every three years.

AAAP has developed a smoking cessation PIP and an alcohol use disorders PIP.  Learn more.