Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is SCOPE and what are SCOPE’s goals?

SCOPE is a voluntary, comprehensive patient safety review program for medical offices that provide obstetric and/or gynecologic services.  The goals of SCOPE are to assist ob-gyns in assessing the implementation and use of patient safety concepts and techniques in their offices and to recognize those offices with strong patient safety practices. SCOPE may identify office processes that require improvement, and ACOG will provide assistance and education to make changes and enhance patient safety. SCOPE will benefit Fellows and their patients.

What if I don’t do any office procedures or don’t do any OB, can I be part of SCOPE?

Yes. The areas in which you are not actively engaged may be flagged as “not applicable” on the application and these will not be included in the office evaluation. The program is intended for the broad scope of practice of ambulatory women’s health. Offices that provide gyn-only, ob-only, well women-only, office procedures, or all or some of each, are eligible for SCOPE review. Everyone can benefit.

Can I meet ABOG Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV requirements by participating in SCOPE?

Yes. Fellows who participate in the SCOPE program and whose offices have achieved SCOPE certification are now eligible to receive ABOG MOC ‘Improvement in Medical Practice’ (Part IV) credits. These MOC credits will be valid for the duration of the three-year SCOPE certification period. For further information, review this MOC Bulletin PDF.

Why did ACOG establish the SCOPE program?

ACOG is committed to helping improve patient safety in all settings in which women’s health care is provided.  Knowledge and implementation of patient safety measures can reduce medical errors and leads to positive patient outcomes.  SCOPE seeks to reinvigorate the attention of clinicians on patient safety activities and aims to ensure that a patient safety culture is ingrained in an office’s daily operations. 


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