Component parts

Component 1: Licensure and professional standing

The first MOC component part requires dermatology diplomates to hold valid, full, and unrestricted licenses to practice medicine or osteopathy in their states. You are responsible for providing documentation to the American Board of Dermatology to verify your licensure and you must notify them about any changes in your professional standing.

Check on or report your licensure status
at the American Board of Dermatology.

Component 2: Lifelong learning and self-assessment

The second MOC component ensures that dermatology diplomates meet a series of minimum standards for ongoing professional education, development, and mastery. Specific requirements include:

  • Continuing medical education: You are required to earn 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for dermatology-related educational activities each year.
  • Self-assessment: You are required to complete 300 self-assessment questions during the 10-year cycle. It is recommended that you space out the questions over three year intervals (100 questions every three years) to make this process manageable.


  • Patient safety module: You are required to complete one patient safety module every 10 years.  You are required to complete it during the first 2 years of your cycle.


MOC component 2 webinar

This webinar walks you through how use AAD resources to meet your MOC Component 2 requirements on lifelong learning and self-assessment. 

Find AAD resources that satisfy your continuing medical education, self-assessment, and patient safety module requirements.
    For a listing of all resources that satisfy Part 2 requirements, visit the American Board of Dermatology.  

Component 3: Cognitive expertise

The third MOC component requires dermatology diplomates to complete a closed-book examination administered by a proctored testing agency once every 10 years that is designed to test your knowledge.

AAD offers a comprehensive Derm Exam Prep Course to prepare you for this examination. We also offer refresher courses at the Annual and Summer meetings.

Component 4: Practice performance assessment

The fourth MOC component demonstrates your ability to integrate new knowledge and skills and make tangible improvements in the quality of dermatology care you deliver. it can be completed through either a Practice assessment / quality improvement activity or a patient or peer communication survey.  You are required to complete two practice assessment activities in the ten year cycle (one by year five and the other by year ten). You may choose to either complete either two Practice assessment / Quality improvement activities or one practice assessment / quality improvement activity and one patient / peer communication survey.   

  • Practice assessment/quality improvement. This exercise is designed to evaluate clinical care delivery in your practice and help you identify opportunities for improvement. Typically, this involves submitting chart abstracts to an authorized organization that provides feedback to you based on national standards.  From there you will develop an improvement plan.  After implementation you will remeasure chart abstracts to measure change.


This infographic offers an overview of the AAD's PI CME program. Click on the graphic for a larger version of the image.


  • Patient communication survey. Conduct a patient survey to document patients’ experience of care.
  • Peer communication survey. Complete a survey of at least 12 peers to gain professional feedback on your performance.

MOC component 4 webinar

This webinar walks you through how to complete AAD resources that meet your MOC Component 4 Performance Improvement requirements. 


Learn about AAD’s Performance Improvement CME modules. 
    For information about resources and tools you can use to satisfy your requirements for the Patient Communication Survey and Peer Communication Survey, visit the resource page from the American Board of Dermatology.

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