Maintenance Of Certification (MOC) Committee


To provide a MOC program of continuous professional development designed to document that physician specialists certified by ABIM are maintaining the skills and knowledge necessary to provide quality patient care in their specialty.

Learn more about AASLD's MOC program.


Specific duties of the committee include the following.

  1. Produce maintenance of certification (MOC) products
  2. Identify live CME activities for MOC
  3. Create questions for MOC products
  4. Discuss and review test items, and modify those items so they are correctly constructed for the testing objectives, are appropriate for the audience, and that the answer choices or answer key are accurate and current
  5. Create comprehensive evaluation components that measure learner’s change
  6. Take ownership in MOC for Transplant Hepatology
  7. Represent the AASLD membership in ongoing MOC change
  8. Develop/propose new and/or updated MOC processes

The Committee will:

Work within the budget and policies set forth by the Governing Board.

The Chair will:

  • Report regularly to the AASLD Governing Board on the status of maintenance of certification product development
  • Interact regularly with the AASLD President and Governing Board.
  • Submit a written report to each Governing Board meeting.

Size, Term, Composition

Twelve (12) members, broadly representative of the major disciplines contributing to the study and practice of hepatology and are familiar with test writing and reviewing.

  • Committee members will serve staggered three-year terms with new members appointed annually.
  • The chairperson will serve in that capacity for three years, and thus may extend his/her term on the committee to a total of four to five years.
  • Subcommittees or task forces may be formed by the chairperson to deal with specific issues as needed.

Appointment and Election

  • Committee members will be selected by the AASLD President-elect, with the advice and consent of the Governing Board.
  • The chairperson will be appointed by the AASLD President-elect from the members who have already served for one to two years.
  • Special ad hoc members can be appointed for assignment to specific tasks or subcommittees at the request of the chairperson and approval of the AASLD President.

Governing Board Liaison

A Governing Board liaison will be appointed to the committee for the purpose of sharing information among committee members, the Governing Board and AASLD staff.

Reports To

  • The chairperson will present a formal report to the AASLD Governing Board on a semiannual basis, providing information on committee activities, recommendations and future plans, as well as other information specifically requested by the board.
  • The committee will provide the Governing Board with a written summary of the committee’s activities on an annual basis for inclusion in the board minutes.


  • The committee will have regularly scheduled meetings two times yearly, two of those meetings arranged to coincide with The Liver Meeting and Digestive Disease Week, respectively.
  • Additional meetings of the committee or its subcommittees will be scheduled in accordance with association policy.

Work Outside Of Meetings



Individual committee member expenses are reimbursed in accordance with association policy.

Relates To Goal

  • 1.1 Provide in-person and online education
  • 1.3 Augment workforce recruitment, mentoring, and career development activities
  • 2.3 Communicate progress in hepatology and AASLD activities
  • 3.3 Develop and promote quality measures for management of liver disease

Committee Members

Staff Liaisons
Colin Syphax
Sally Cook
Steven Folstein, MFA M.Ed.
Ryan M. Taylor, MD, FAASLD
Board Liaison
Oren K. Fix, MD, MSc, FAASLD
Committee Members
Kalyan Ram Bhamidimarri, MD, MPH, FACG, FAASLD
James F. Crismale, MD
Rolland C. Dickson, MD, FAASLD
Brian Kim, MD, FAASLD
Ruhail Kohli, MD
Ayman A. Koteish, MD, FAASLD
Ayse Leyla Mindikoglu, MD, MPH, FAASLD
Nicole E. Rich, MD
Training/Workforce Chair Member
Amy Taylor, MD