Baylor College of Medicine is an approved and recognized Program Sponsor of the American Board of Medical Specialties Portfolio Program™ (ABMS Portfolio Program).
This achievement was coordinated through the Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (I-QIPS), in partnership with the Division of Continuing Professional Development, which oversees Program Sponsor responsibilities, as conducted through the BCM Maintenance of Certification Program (BCM MOC Program), operated under the I-QIPS.
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In working directly with the ABMS Portfolio Program, the BCM MOC Program serves as an institutional resource for BCM and affiliated physicians and physician assistants (PA) to help them maintain certifications in their medical specialties.
Physicians and PAs are required to maintain their medical specialty expertise through continuing certification or maintenance of certification (MOC). The ABMS MOC process is comprised of a four-part framework (see Figure 1), with each participating ABMS Member Boards (and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants [NCCPA], where relevant) having its own specific requirements for each part, along with options for meeting them and the timeframes within which they must be met in order for credit to be earned.
The ABMS Portfolio Program focuses on physician certification efforts for MOC Part 4 - Improvements in Medical Practice, which requires engagement in ongoing assessment and quality/process improvement activities to improve patient outcomes. Further, the ABMS Portfolio Program has an "interprofessional collaborative agreement" with the NCCPA. Under this agreement, eligible physician assistants can earn Category 1 Performance Improvement CME (PI-CME) credit from the NCCPA for their engagement in qualified QI activities through a recognized Program Sponsor organization.
With this in mind, the ABMS Portfolio Program operates through a network of recognized Program Sponsor organizations (such as BCM), and each Program Sponsor is tasked with assisting their respective physicians/PAs earn credit for their qualified QI work.As such, the BCM MOC Program was created to:
Participating ABMS Member Boards
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
*The QI Project Registry, designed and operated by the I-QIPS, is a web-based application designed for healthcare professionals across the College and its affiliated institutions to develop, manage, and publicize their improvement projects, as well as to discover and learn about other (registered) projects being conducted by their colleagues. All QI activities for MOC Part 4/NCCPA Category 1 PI-CME credit consideration must be registered and updated/maintained in the QI Project Registry. The BCM MOC Program utilizes the QI Project Registry for tracking and documenting various requirements of the credit submission process.