Published 11/1/2007

Maintenance of Certification deadline: Dec. 15, 2007

If your board certification expires in 2010 and you plan on taking the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery’s (ABOS) Maintenance of Certification™ (MOC) written exam in 2009, you must have obtained and submitted documentation of 120 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™ (including 20 credits from one or two scored and recorded self-assessment examinations) by Dec. 15, 2007. This date is also the deadline for submitting a three-month list of all your surgical cases, or a maximum of 75 consecutive cases.

Looking ahead, you’ll need to apply for the 2009 exam by May 1, 2008, which is also the deadline for submitting a completed application and the date that marks the beginning of the peer-review process.

Need CME credits?
If you are short of the 120-credit requirement listed above or the 20 credits in scored and recorded self-assessment examinations, consider taking advantage of Academy resources listed below that can help you obtain those credits in the next few weeks. Remember that the number of credits you claim should match the number of hours you actually spent participating in the CME activity. Credits earned from course attendance and scored and recorded self-assessment examinations are automatically posted to your CME transcript in the “Member Services” section of the AAOS Web site, www.aaos.org

I. Certification Preparation and Review Course
A. AAOS Board Maintenance of Certification Preparation and Review Course (3127) provides up to 24 CME credits. It is offered Dec. 7-9, 2007, in Cambridge, Mass. For more information, visit

II. AAOS Scored and Recorded Self-Assessment Examinations
A. Scored and Recorded 2005 Orthopaedic Self-Assessment Examination (OSAE): Offered in print and online versions with or without the Orthopaedic Knowledge Update (OKU) 8 Home Study Program. Up to 50 credits are available for the OSAE/OKU 8 Home Study Program; up to 20 credits are available for the traditional OSAE.

Important: If you have not yet taken—but plan to take—the traditional OSAE to satisfy this requirement, you must contact the AAOS customer service department and request that the examination be hand-scored. This is the only way to ensure that the AAOS can score the examination prior to the Dec. 15, 2007, MOC deadline.

B. Orthopaedic Special Interest Examinations (OSIE)

  1. 2007 Adult Reconstructive Surgery of the Hip and Knee covers many new topics to help you keep pace with the advancements in hip and knee arthroplasty. Up to 10 CME credits are available.
  2. 2007 Pediatric Orthopaedics reviews clinically relevant, evidence-based topics to enhance the clinical decision-making skills of the general orthopaedist as well as the pediatric orthopaedic specialist. Up to 10 CME credits are available.
  3. 2007 Sports Medicine sharpens your knowledge of sports injuries and conditions. Up to 10 CME credits are available.

III. CME – AAOS Digital Media

A. Orthopaedic Knowledge Online (OKO) has programs available that focus on foot and ankle, hand and wrist, musculoskeletal oncology, pain management, pediatric orthopaedics, practice management, shoulder and elbow, spine, sports medicine, and trauma. Between .25 and 4 credits are available.

B. CD/DVD home study programs are available that focus on arthroscopy; foot and ankle; hand and wrist; hip, knee, and lower extremity; joint replacement; pediatric orthopaedics; practice management; shoulder and upper extremity; spine; and trauma. Up to 3 credits are available for Surgical Techniques in Orthopaedics and Selective Exposures in Orthopaedic Surgery; up to 6 credits are available for Standing Room Only; and up to 20 credits are available for Athlete’s Elbow and for Athlete’s Shoulder.

Purchasing these products
Contact AAOS customer service at (800) 626-6726 to purchase any of these products or to find other AAOS products that can help you fulfill your CME credit requirements. You may also search for and order products from the Academy’s online store at

For more information
To find out more about the MOC deadlines you must follow and to learn about each MOC component, visit the ABOS online at
www.abos.org and click on the “Diplomates” tab; then, select the year your certificate will expire from a drop-down menu. You may also call the ABOS at (919) 929-7103.

Scoring deadlines near
Answer sheets for the Orthopaedic In-Training Exam (OITE) should be returned to the Academy office no later than Dec. 21, 2007, to be included in the one and only central scoring. Score reports and a general information booklet that includes the score key and recommended readings will be mailed in January 2008.

Orthopaedic surgeons who participate in the OITE central scoring are eligible for up to 15 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™.

Answer sheets or online answer files for the Scored and Recorded 2005 Orthopaedic Self-Assessment Exam (OSAE) must be received by the Academy office by Dec. 21, 2007, to be included in the final scoring of the 2005 OSAE. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for your score report to be processed and returned to you. The AAOS will provide each individual who achieves a better-than-chance level score a statement documenting up to a maximum of 50 credits for participation in the OSAE/Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 8 Home Study Program or 20 credits for participation in the OSAE activity only.

Individuals requesting Continuing Medical Education credits after Dec. 21, 2007, for the Scored and Recorded 2005 OSAE should contact the evaluation department at (800) 346-2267.