Published 9/1/2011

Reminder: MOC deadlines approaching

If you plan to take the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) Maintenance of Certification™ (MOC) examination in 2013—or in 2016, 2017, or 2018—make sure to meet the applicable requirements listed below.

For the 2013 examination
For diplomates whose certificates expire in 2013, 2014, or 2015 and who plan on taking the MOC exam in 2013, Dec. 15, 2011, is the deadline to satisfy the following MOC requirements:

  • 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 (SAE), all earned in 2009–2011. SAE CME credits may also count toward the 120-credit requirement.
  • Submission of a 3-month surgical case list, or a maximum of 75 consecutive cases for those taking the written examination pathway

Diplomates on the oral examination pathway have until Dec. 15, 2012, to submit a list of all surgical cases performed during any 6 consecutive months in 2011–2012.

2018 Certification
Dec. 15, 2011, is also an important deadline for diplomates whose certificates expire in 2018.

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 2018 must submit documentation by Dec. 15, 2011, of 120 CME credits, including at least 20 credits from one or two scored and recorded SAEs, earned in the first 3-year cycle.

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

Please check your online AAOS transcript to track how much CME you have earned through Academy programs and from CME from others sources.

Contact the ABOS
For information about MOC components and upcoming deadlines, visit the ABOS online at
www.abos.org You may also call the ABOS at (919) 929-7103 for more information.

AAOS CME transcript makes MOC reporting easier
As a member benefit, the
AAOS online CME transcript (member login required) enables you to track credits earned for every course, Annual Meeting, online CME program, and self-assessment examination the Academy offers for CME credit, as well as credits earned from the Journal of the AAOS and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Several orthopaedic specialty societies also post CME credits to the transcript.

Remember that the AAOS and other CME-granting organizations specify the maximum number of CME credits available for education programs. You are individually responsible for claiming the actual CME credits to which you are entitled—based on the actual time you participated in the educational activity—before you can submit your CME transcript to the ABOS as documentation of meeting your CME requirement for MOC. You must visit your transcript online and claim the number of credits to which you are entitled.

The transcript can also include credits from non-AAOS courses, grand rounds, and other education programs in which you have participated. If these credits are from organizations that do not automatically post CME credits to your AAOS transcript, you may add those credits to your personal transcript. Be sure to retain the CME certificates of completion from these non-AAOS programs as documentation of your participation to submit to the ABOS.

AAOS is working with the ABOS on an electronic transfer system that may be available in late 2012 to make it even easier to submit CME credit information to the ABOS. A new “Learning Portfolio” is also being developed to guide you through the MOC process, track your progress as you satisfy the requirements, and provide you with periodic reminders of important deadlines.

For more information about the AAOS online transcript, contact the AAOS member services department at (847) 384-4258 or member@aaos.org