The Academy offers a wide array of Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses, home study programs, and self-assessment examinations (SAEs) to help you meet Maintenance of CertificationTM (MOC) requirements.
Each year, the AAOS CME Courses Committee presents a complete orthopaedic curriculum of approximately 30 courses. The AAOS MOC Board Preparation and Review Course focuses on MOC examination preparation. The AAOS CME Courses Committee recommends that orthopaedic surgeons who are preparing for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) examination undertake a course of study that includes the following activities completed over a 5- to 6-month timeframe:
- Attend AAOS MOC Board Preparation Course
- Study the most recent Orthopaedic Knowledge Updates, available for purchase from the Orthopaedic Resource Catalog (located on http://www.aaos.org under the “Physician Education” tab)
- Attend the AAOS Annual Meeting to sharpen knowledge and obtain answers to questions about MOC
- Practice test-taking skills with an SAE
- Then, complete the ABOS cognitive examination
The Academy also offers a variety of self-assessment programs that can be taken online, in print format, or on CD-ROM. Seven AAOS examinations currently meet the MOC program requirements for “scored and recorded” examinations, including the new 2008 Orthopaedic Self-Assessment Examination, available in June 2008, as well as the scored versions of the following Orthopaedic Special Interest Self-Assessment Examinations:
- 2007 Adult Reconstruction of the Hip/Knee
- 2007 Sports Medicine
- 2007 Pediatric Orthopaedics
- 2008 Upper Extremity
- 2008 Musculoskeletal Tumors and Diseases
- 2008 Anatomy-Imaging
Self-scored special interest examinations available from the AAOS can help you meet the overall CME requirement—but not the SAE requirement.
Many of the Academy’s electronic media products provide CME credit. Some, like the highly interactive Athlete’s Elbow, take the learner through various patient scenarios, making choices on diagnostic tests and treatment options. Others, like the programs in the Standing Room Only series, are based on Academy CME courses and offer up to six CME credits. They combine lectures, procedure videos, case reviews, and self-assessment questions. Offerings in the Surgical Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery series also provide CME credit; each video-based program carries three CME credits.
Orthopaedic Knowledge Online (OKO) also offers CME credit. Courses offer from one-quarter CME credit up to four CME credits and are designed to fit your busy schedule. Although some courses are free to AAOS members and orthopaedic residents, others cost approximately $15 per CME credit. Visit http://www.aaos.org/oko to view all of OKO’s CME opportunities.
Remember that all CME activities you purchase from the Academy are automatically posted to your CME transcript at AAOS. To access your transcript, go to http://www.aaos.org/transcript
To purchase one of these products or register for a CME course, call AAOS Customer Service at (800) 626-6726 or visit http://www.aaos.org and click on “Store.” Full descriptions of the products and programs are found under the “Physician Education” tab.