For physicians, there are new maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements.  This self-assessment module helps you meet these new standards.

As part of recertification requirements, physicians must now participate in Maintenance of Certification Program (MOC) activities like this one to cultivate a focus on lifelong learning and competency throughout one’s profession. This module helps you hone in on clinical and practice management skills that are central to quality patient care and improved outcomes for patients with substance use disorders.

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) has reviewed the 2012 Substance Use Disorders MOC Self-Assessment Module and has approved this program as part of a comprehensive self-assessment program, which is mandated by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) as a necessary component of maintenance of certification.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the presentation, diagnosis, comorbidity, neurobiology and current treatment options available for substance use disorders.

Target Audience

The target audience for this module is psychiatrists.


The price of each MOC Module is $35.


  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Director, Postgraduate Medical Education, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Staff Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Medical Editing & Knowledge Management
    Postgraduate Medical Education
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

CME Information

Release Date: January 12, 2012

Latest Review: Dr. John Fromson, on January 17, 2013 
Expiration Date: January 12, 2015 
To receive credit for this activity, complete the module, complete the post test and the evaluation, and enter the required information.
Accreditation Statement 
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.
McLean Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure 
It is the policy of McLean Hospital that faculty and providers disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity. McLean Hospital has established policies in place that identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. 

Planner Disclosures 
The following planners of this activity have indicated that neither they nor their spouse/partner have a relevant financial relationship to disclose: 
John A. Fromson, MD
Tristan Gorrindo, MD, reviewer
Anan Nathif, EdM 
Michael Hirsch, MD 

Hardware/Software Specifications:
This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.
Optimal System Configuration: 
Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+
Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higherMinimum Requirements:Windows PC:500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera 
Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit