Friday FAQs on O&G

Answers to frequently asked questions provided by the Obstetrics & Gynecology editorial staff.

Friday, November 30, 2012

How Can I Access the ABOG Maintenance of Certification Part II Articles?
Heidi L. Vermette, Production Editor
Heidi L. Vermette, Production Editor
Most of our readers are board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). Board-certified obstetrician-gynecologists with time-limited certification must participate in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) to retain their certification. At, you can find all you need to complete Part II of this requirement—just keep reading to see how.

1. Question: What is MOC Part II?

Answer: MOC is a program of ABOG. Board-certified obstetrician-gynecologists must complete various modules in order to retain their certification. Part II of this program requires ob-gyns to read articles on a list that is updated each January, April, and July.

2. Question: Where can I find the articles I need for MOC?

Answer: From, click on the “ABOG MOC II” tab at the top of the page. The direct link is
3. Question: I’m an ACOG Fellow. Does that mean that I can read the MOC articles for free?
Answer: You can read many of them for free. The Green Journal web site lists which articles are open access (free for everybody), which are free for ACOG Fellows, and which are only accessible if you or your institution has a subscription to the journal in which the article appears. All articles published in the Green Journal are free to ACOG Fellows. (See also answer to #4.)
4. Question: I’m an ACOG Fellow, but I can’t read the articles published in the Green Journal! The web site says that I need to have a subscription to see the full text.
Answer: In order to read the full text of articles published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, you will need to log in to If you haven’t already registered and/or activated your subscription on, please follow these step-by-step directions. (You will need to know your ACOG ID number, which is on the top left corner of the mailing label for your journal.) You may also access journal content by logging in to the ACOG web site.
5. Question: Help! I’ve followed all of the directions, but I still can’t read the articles published in the Green Journal!
Answer: Give the editorial office a call at 202-314-2317 or send an e-mail to us at
Update on December 5, 2012: The first paragraph has been corrected to clarify who is required to complete MOC. Please also see the new Friday FAQs blog posted today for updates to this information.