Improvement in Medical/Professional Practice

Diplomates can choose from the list of options below to complete practice improvement activities in areas consistent with the scope of their practice.

Each activity counts for one submission towards the Practice Improvement requirement. Click on any activity for details on requirements. For activities that require administrative review, please send all documentation to MOC@abmgg.org.

ACMG Practice Performance Modules

The ACMG offers Practice Improvement modules that fulfill this activity for both clinical and laboratory geneticists.

How to access and complete these modules:

  • Go to the ACMG Genetics Academy and then click on Practice Performance Modules to access the modules and follow the instructions.
  • Once an activity is completed, you will be able to download your certificate of completion. 
  • It is up to the diplomate to upload the certificate of completion in the ABMGG portal to document fulfillment of the activity.

NOTE: There may be fees associated with these modules.

With any questions, contact education@acmg.net

Primary Contributors of ACMG Practice Performance Modules

The primary contributor(s) may receive credit as an ACMG Practice Improvement module author. Diplomates must submit a letter from the ACMG CCP Committee Chair documenting primary authorship to satisfy this requirement. Upload the letter under the “Other Practice Performance Activity” tab in the ABMGG Portal>Improvement in Medical Practice page.

Laboratory Practice Performance Modules

Intended for laboratory geneticists working in a clinical laboratory.

How to complete a module:

  • Access the ABMGG Portal>MOC>Improvement in Medical Practice>Laboratory Practice Performance Module
  • Step 1: Provide general information
  • Step 2: Upload a PDF of your most recent laboratory inspection and your laboratory’s official response
  • Step 3: Upload a single PDF of your laboratory’s licensure and accreditation (i.e. CAP, CLIA, Joint commission, primary state agency)
  • Step 4: Enter number of times your laboratory had involvement with proficiency testing
  • Step 5: Save module. Note: Modules that are saved before completed may be accessed again from the Practice Improvement main menu by clicking on the record. DO NOT make more than one record for the same time period
Academic Promotions

For diplomates who are faculty at an academic center.

Accepted promotions are limited to:

  • Assistant to Associate Professor
  • Associate to Full Professor

No exceptions to the above will be considered.

Diplomates must upload a PDF of the promotion letter they received from the University President, Dean, or other senior official at their institution in the ABMGG portal along with a current, dated, CV. An approved promotion will count for one Practice Improvement activity and may only be used as once within a 3-year Continuing Certification cycle.

ClinGen – Variant Interpretation Discrepancy Resolution Module

For diplomates in a laboratory specialty who are involved in the interpretation of genomic variants and are actively submitting variants to the ClinVar database.

For information on completing this module, click here.

ClinGen – Gene Disease Validity Curation

*NEW ACTIVITY TO COME LATER IN 2024*

CAP Inspectors or Team Leaders

For diplomates in a laboratory specialty who have served as a CAP inspector or team leader.

Diplomates may receive credit by uploading the summary page from their CAP secure portal that documents your participation and role in all completed inspections.  This should be uploaded under the “Practice Improvement Activity” tab in the ABMGG portal.

Participation in CAP Resource Committees

Diplomates may receive credit for participation in CAP resource committees (cytogenetics, molecular genetics and biochemical genetics) by uploading a letter from CAP documenting participating involvement or uploading the resource committee member list from the summary report.

Authorship on a Published Practice Guideline

The first and last authors of a published practice guideline or technical standard guideline relevant to medical genetics and genomics are eligible to receive credit. Diplomates must provide the reference to the published guideline, i.e., PubMed ID or full reference. 

Primary Authorship of GeneReviews Entry

The primary author who developed a new GeneReviews entry may receive credit for this activity. Diplomates must provide the reference to the GeneReviews entry, i.e., PubMed ID or full reference.

Service on an Institutional Review Board (IRB), Quality Improvement Committee or Patient Safety Committee

Diplomates must serve for a minimum of year in order to receive credit. Documentation of service should include a letter from the committee/institution that includes feedback on the diplomate’s level of commitment and effort while on the committee/IRB.

Supervision Activity

Activities that will fulfill this activity can involve learners, care givers, physicians, researchers and administrative staff whose activities are essential to the provision of care. The individual being supervised/mentored must play an important role in the direct care, or in improving the care of patients or in the development of new knowledge relevant to the field of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

Click below for a more detailed description and fillable application. Submit the form and additional materials to MOC@abmgg.org with the subject: “Supervision Activity”

See: Description and Application

ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program

The ABMS Portfolio Program™, a service provided through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), works with all types of health care organizations to recognize the work physicians are already doing to improve their practices and the care of their patients.

The Improvement in Medical/Professional Practice gives physicians the opportunity to participate in activities that help to improve the quality of patient care in their practice. Quality Improvement/Practice Improvement (QI/PI) activities should include identifying an improvement opportunity in your practice, implementing a change to address that opportunity, and measuring the impact of your change.

You can earn credit QI/PI projects you are doing in practice through your medical specialty societies, hospitals, medical groups, clinics or other health-related organizations.

For more information on the Portfolio Program, and to see if your organization is participating, go to www.mocportfolioprogram.org.

Reciprocal Credit

The ABMS member boards have agreed to provide reciprocal credit for many Continuing Certification activities

Modules provided by other Boards or developed in a specific practice will be considered, but they must include a component that allows assessment of practice improvement.

See: Reciprocal Credit

Clinically Inactive Status

ABMGG diplomates who are clinically inactive in their specialty but are maintaining certification through Continuing Certification will be exempt from the Improvement in Medical/Professional Practice requirements (all other components of the Continuing Certification program must be completed). The clinically inactive diplomate must report to the ABMGG that they are not clinically active and must immediately (within 90 days) contact the ABMGG when they resume active status.

Learn More About Clinically Inactive Status/Access Form
Other Quality Improvement Projects

Modules may be obtained from any source that has received prior approval from the ABMGG. Official documentation of successful completion of the practice evaluation/improvement activity is required from the provider of the activity.

Diplomates may submit activity requests by filling out the QI Project Form and returning it to MOC@abmgg.org to be reviewed by the Continuing Certification Committee for approval.