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Published 10/1/2010

Meet MOC requirements by Dec. 15 deadline

Dec. 15, 2010, is the deadline to satisfy the following American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements for diplomates whose certificates expire in 2012, 2013, or 2014 and who plan on taking the MOC exam in 2012:

  • 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
  • Diplomates taking the written examination pathway must submit a 3-month surgical case list, or a maximum of 75 consecutive cases. (Those following the oral examination pathway have until Dec. 15, 2011, to submit a 6-month list of surgical cases they performed during 6 consecutive months in 2009–2010.)

Extended deadline with additional fee
Diplomates who cannot complete the CME and/or case list requirement (for those taking the written examination) by Dec. 15, 2010, can pay a late fee and receive an extended deadline of Jan. 7, 2011. If neither deadline is met, the diplomate will not be able to apply for the 2012 examination when it becomes available in February 2011.

Please note that submitting documentation of CME is a necessary prerequisite that must be met before applying for the exam in February 2011. Submitting documentation of CME does not in itself serve as an application for the exam.

Help from the AAOS
If you are short of the required 120 CME credits or the 20 credits in scored and recorded self-assessment examinations, the Academy offers a wide range of resources that can help you obtain credits and meet the self-assessment requirement. Visit
www.aaos.org/moc to learn more.

To track how much CME you have earned through Academy programs, or to add recently acquired CME from another source, visit your online transcript—an Academy member benefit—at www.aaos.org/transcript

Contact the ABOS
For information about MOC components and upcoming deadlines, visit the
ABOS online 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.

MOC: How the deadline applies to you (PDF)

Diplomates with certificates expiring in 2017
Dec. 15, 2010, is also an important deadline for diplomates whose certificates expire in 2017 and who plan on taking the exam in 2015, 2016, or 2017. All diplomates whose certification will expire in 2017 and beyond must obtain 120 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits in each of two consecutive 3-year cycles before taking the secure cognitive examination.

Thus, diplomates whose certificates expire in 2017 must submit documentation by Dec. 15, 2010 of 120 CME credits, including at least 20 credits from one or two scored and recorded self-assessment examinations, earned in the first 3-year cycle. The extended deadline of Jan. 7, 2011, is also available to this group of diplomates, with payment of the late fee.