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Meet Your American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Requirements

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is committed to training psychiatrists. An important part of that process is making sure you fulfill your ABPN requirements.

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Theodore A. Stern, MD

Rely on our 75+ years of expertise to guide your lifelong learning.

Choosing high-quality professional development is critical. The right education not only enhances your clinical skills. It also helps you improve patients' lives and grow your mental health practice.

Learn more below about how we help psychiatrists meet all of your education and professional development needs. Trust our research expertise and clinical experience for the perspective you need to build a successful career.

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Evolving Requirements

Professional development requirements in psychiatry changed over the last decade. And they continue to change now due to many factors.

  • • DSM-V guidelines
  • • Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements
  • • New ABPN board exam content
  • • Emerging research on genetics and neuroimaging
  • • Advances in standards of care

As a trainee, you have the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) board exam to pass. You also have the Clinical Skills Verification (CSV) exam as a key milestone to demonstrate clinical competence. As a board-certified psychiatrist, you have multiple distinct components to focus on in order to maintain your certification.

We are proud to offer education that meets all four components of the ABPN MOC program, from residency all the way through practice improvement and lifelong learning.

  • • Professionalism and Professional Standing
  • • Lifelong Learning (CME) and Self-Assessment (SA)
  • • Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills
  • • Improvement in Medical Practice (PIP)

Our education is developed by the 600+ faculty in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry. The department includes more than 60 specialty clinical and research programs that address virtually every aspect of psychiatric disorders. The integration of patient care and clinical research is a hallmark of the department and each year it trains more than 100 residents, interns and fellows in psychiatry and psychology.

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Part 1 - Professionalism and Professional Standing

This component addresses aspects of professionalism that are demonstrated through a physician’s clinical competence, commitment to lifelong learning and professional improvement, interpersonal skills, and ethical understanding and behavior.

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Clinical Skills Verification Program

A hands-on learning experience that provides live patient interviews and other materials to help you navigate your CSV exams and prepare for your ABPN psychiatry board exam.


Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Update & Board Preparation, 3rd Edition

A robust e-book – accessible on Kindles and other devices via the Kindle app – or printed edition that contains 250+ board review questions that complement our online study course.


Adult Psychiatry Board Exam Mastery Course

On-demand online course contains 45+ chapterized sessions that review all the important topics covered in the ABPN psychiatry board certification exam.

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Part 2 - Lifelong Learning (CME) and Self-Assessment (SA)

This component requires psychiatrists to complete Category 1 specialty and/or subspecialty CME credits each year. In addition, a specified number of those credits must be ABPN-approved Self-Assessment activities relevant to your specialty and/or subspecialty.

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CME-Certified Activities

Search for and participate in CME-certified education on a variety of mental health topics: cognitive behavioral therapy, depression, mind body medicine, PTSD, substance use disorders, and much more.


Self-Assessment Activities

A series of ABPN-approved modules that help you identify clinical and practice management skills that are central to quality care and improved outcomes for patients with psychiatric conditions.

 

 

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Part 3 - Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills

Every 10 years psychiatrists must apply for and complete a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exam in your specialty and/or subspecialty(ies). If you have multiple certifications you can take a Combined MOC exam.

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Maintenance of Certification Exam Preparation Course

On-demand online course contains 45+ chapterized sessions that review all the important topics covered in the ABPN MOC exam. All content is developed with consideration for the DSM-V diagnostic criteria.

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Part 4 - Improvement in Medical Practice (PIP)

This component is designed to identify and implement areas for improvement based on the review of your own patient charts (Clinical Module) or feedback from peers or patients (Feedback Module).

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MOC PIP Clinical Module #1: Assessing and Monitoring Fatigue in Depression

This module helps you assess your current practice patterns, compare those practice patterns to a set of best practices, participate in educational activities to improve your practice, and then re-evaluate your practice following the education.

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