Published 11/1/2011
Jennie McKee

Meeting the “lifelong learning” MOC requirement

By Jennie McKee

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An important aspect of maintenance of certification (MOC) is the requirement for lifelong learning and self-assessment. To meet this requirement, orthopaedic surgeons must obtain a minimum of 120 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™ during the 3 years prior to the MOC credentialing exam. At least 20 of those credits must be in the self-assessment arena.

In August, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) approved allowing the CME credits earned through the Orthopaedic In-Training Exam (OITE) to count toward the MOC’s scored and recorded self-assessment examination requirements. Although the ABOS approval is not an endorsement of its use as a study aid for recertification, the OITE does qualify for 20 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™—meaning AAOS fellows can meet the scored and recorded self-assessment examination requirement with a single test.

Not just for residents
For years, the OITE has helped orthopaedic surgery residents sharpen their skills and direct their course of study. In addition, as many as 900 practicing orthopaedic surgeons take the OITE each year to assess their knowledge in the various domains the exam covers. Now, in doing so, practicing orthopaedic surgeons can earn CME credits that count toward the scored and recorded self-assessment requirement of MOC.

The 2011 OITE consists of 275 multiple choice questions in the following 10 orthopaedic areas: musculoskeletal trauma, spine, sports medicine, pediatric orthopaedics, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow, hand, adult reconstruction (hip and knee), orthopaedic diseases (oncology), and orthopaedic basic science. The OITE focuses on the fundamentals of orthopaedics and tests areas such as interpreting patient data to make clinical decisions, integrating relevant evidence-based information regarding treatment procedures into a patient practice, and applying basic science principles in diagnosing and developing patient management plans for musculoskeletal diseases.

The Dec. 15 deadline for CME credits earned in 2009–2011 for those fellows whose certificates expire in 2013, 2014, or 2015, and who plan to take the exam in 2013 is right around the corner. If you’re among them, the OITE on CD-ROM is a convenient way to help ensure you have the credits you need. The OITE is not available in print format.

You can submit your answer file beginning on Nov. 12, 2011. Within 3 business days, you’ll receive an email with a ‘review mode code’ that gives you access to the preferred responses and recommended readings for each question. The 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ will be credited to you and your CME transcript will be updated.

More than just credits
The first scoring for orthopaedic surgeons completing the 2011 OITE occurs on February 1, 2012. This enables you to compare yourself to your peers who also took the test. The participants in the first scoring will receive a score report that provides the following information:

  • overall percentile rank on the total test score
  • mean comparisons in each of the orthopaedic subjects
  • demographic information (years in practice, practice type, and specialty area) about the practicing surgeons to whom you are being compared

CME credits are posted for the 2012 calendar year. The deadline for the second and final scoring is April 1, 2012.Those orthopaedic surgeons who participate in the second scoring will also receive a score report, although it will not include the overall percentile rank score. Score reports are posted to your “My Account” member page on the Academy’s website. To access your personal member page, you must first log in to the AAOS website. Then, click on “Member Services” (top navigation bar), “My Account” (left navigation bar), and “AAOS Member Page” (left navigation bar). Under “Services and Applications,” you will find a link to your score reports.

Want to know more?
For more information about the MOC process, visit the ABOS website,
www.abos.org; to learn about resources from the AAOS that can help you meet MOC requirements, visit www.aaos.org/moc

For more information about the OITE, visit www.aaos.org/2011oite

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