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.

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

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 Tobacco PIP and an alcohol use disorders PIP. Learn more