Published 3/1/2010

Don’t miss the May 1 MOC deadline

Does your board certification expire in 2011, 2012, or 2013? If so, you may be planning to take the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) Maintenance of Certification™ (MOC) examination in 2011. To do so, you must submit an examination application and application fee online via www.abos.org by May 1, 2010.

You should have already submitted documentation of 120 AMA PRA Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits™, including at least 20 credits from one or two scored and recorded self-assessment examinations (due Dec. 15, 2009).

In addition, orthopaedic surgeons following the written examination pathway should have submitted their case list (also due Dec. 15, 2009). Those who have chosen to follow the oral examination pathway have until Dec. 15, 2010, to submit a 6-month case list of surgical cases they performed during 6 consecutive months in 2009–2010.

Didn’t meet a deadline?
If you missed the Dec. 15, 2009, deadline for submitting the requisite CME credits in time to take the examination in 2011, make plans now to apply to take it in 2012. The first MOC deadline for those who wish to take the examination in 2012 will be Dec. 15, 2010, when CME documentation is due. Those who choose the written examination pathway must also submit their case list by this deadline. Diplomates who opt for the oral examination pathway will have until Dec. 15, 2011, to submit a 6-month case list of surgical cases they performed during 6 consecutive months in 2010–2011.

To check the number of CME credits you have earned from the Academy and other orthopaedic societies, please visit www.aaos.org/transcript

Questions? The ABOS can help
For more information about MOC components and upcoming deadlines, visit the ABOS online at www.abos.org and click on the “Diplomates” tab, then select the year your certificate will expire. You will be able to review all the requirements and deadlines specific to your certification year. You may also call the ABOS at (919) 929-7103.