The ABNM approved a new policy for retired diplomates that will be effective in 2022. The ABNM adopted the ABMS definition of retired. There are two status for retired diplomates. 1) Retired – No Longer Certified and 2) Retired – Certified. The definitions of both statuses are described below.
Retired – No Longer Certified
• Possession of an active certificate at the time of retirement
• No license restrictions at the time of retirement in any jurisdiction due to disciplinary actions
• Attestation to no longer being actively engaged in direct, indirect, and/or consultative patient care, overseeing medical laboratories, or supervising in a medical field, and
• Not performing any function for which board certification is required.
• The only requirement is that diplomates update their contact information so that the ABNM can keep in touch.
• There is no annual MOC fee for diplomates who are Retired – No Longer Certified.
Retired – Certified
• Diplomates who plan to work occasionally (part-time or temporary, consulting, etc.)
• No license restrictions at the time of retirement in all jurisdictions where the physician is licensed
• A minimum 5-year average of 25 CME AMA category 1 credits per year, which include a minimum average of 17.5 credits related to Nuclear Medicine, which in turn include a minimum average of 8 self-assessment credits per year.
• Participation in CertLink
• The annual MOC fee is reduced for diplomates who are Retired – Certified. The fee in 2022 will be $205 instead of the regular fee of $500.
For both status, Improvement in Medical Practice (MOC – Part 4) is not required.