The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) was founded in 1927 and is a nonprofit organization which certifies obstetricians and gynecologists throughout the United States. The ABOG Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process was created to enable physicians to maintain a high standard of current medical knowledge and safety.
Each year, OB/GYNs must complete a specific set of tasks which include testing and performing a quality improvement activity. In order to engage providers in community based projects, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) submitted an application with the hopes of including the CDC-funded Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children (CPHMC) project as a quality improvement (QI) activity for potential candidates for MOC. This portion, called Part IV: Improvement in Medical Practice, deals with the improvement of patient care through ongoing assessment and improvement in the quality of care in practices, in hospitals, health systems and/or community settings. Activities must reflect one or more of these outcomes: Improved patient or population health, improved access to health care, improved patient experience, and increased value in the health care system.
Candidates who are renewing their certification have the option to choose the activity that best suits their practice, and their setting. ACOG saw this as a great opportunity to better connect OB/GYNs with community driven projects and therefore increasing community-clinical linkages. In order to be recertified, an OB/GYN will serve as an advisor on a community leadership team. They will participate as they are able in coalition meetings providing input. The OB/GYN on the coalition will also work with the community to increase the number of women who are receiving post-partum care, as well as primary care in order to reduce the instances of chronic diseases.
After submitting an application to ABOG, the CPHMC project was successfully accepted as a QI activity for the recertification process for all OB/GYN candidates. The MOC recertifies over 5,000 OB/GYN candidates, which provides significant reach for this community based project. ACOG is happy to spread this work throughout its various channels, and is excited to see what the future holds for this project!