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About FOCUS

The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry
Editors: Deborah J. Hales, M.D., and Mark Hyman Rapaport, M.D.
FOCUS is the best system to meet Maintenance of Certification requirements of the ABPN, self-assessment, Performance in Practice and lifelong learning. In one subscription FOCUS provides a comprehensive review of current clinical practice based on the content outlined by the ABPN recertification exam.

Each issue offers: Clinical Reviews, Patient Management Exercise, Seminal Articles, and a CME quiz with 20 hours of CME per year for the journal (20 additional hours can be earned through completion of the Self-Assessment Exam). All current and back issues are accessible online with available CME credits for your subscription year. A subscription to FOCUS also provides ABPN approved Performance in Practice Modules that meet requirements for MOC Part IV as well as an opportunity to earn an additional 20 CME credits.

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Editorial Board and Editorial Staff
Mission and Editorial Policy

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed FOCUS: The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry and the FOCUS Self-Assessment Examination and has approved this program as part of a comprehensive lifelong learning and self-assessment program, which is mandated by the ABMS as a necessary component of maintenance of certification.

The FOCUS Self-Assessment Program is also accredited for up to 20 hours of continuing professional development per year under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychiatric Association designates this Journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.