Published 12/1/2012


In this feature, AAOS Now explores common misconceptions about the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery’s (ABOS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process.

MYTH: The AAOS Learning Portfolio only manages continuing medical education (CME) credits earned through the Academy.

FACT: The Learning Portfolio, an AAOS member benefit, enables you to track CME credits applicable to MOC (including credits from scored and recorded self-assessment examinations [SAE]). CME credits earned through the AAOS, as well as from non-Academy providers, such as hospitals, specialty societies, and state or regional societies, can be included.

Based on your preferences, the Learning Portfolio not only helps you track CME credits earned through Academy and participating society programs, but also enables you to find AAOS educational courses and products offering CME credits. You can also choose to receive email updates regarding your CME status and you can add CME credits earned through non-Academy providers, such as your hospital, nonparticipating specialty societies, or state and regional societies to your transcript.

Visit the Learning Portfolio at www.aaos.org/portfolio to see where you are in the 10-year MOC process and to find out which MOC deadlines relevant to your progress are approaching.

If you have questions about the Learning Portfolio, email the Academy’s member services department at member@aaos.org or call 847-384-4259, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., CST.

Register for MOC
Beginning in September 2013, your MOC participation status will be included on the American Board of Medical Specialties Certification Matters website, located online at

Any AAOS members who are currently participating in the ABOS MOC program, but have not yet registered with the ABOS, should immediately register with the ABOS to ensure they will be listed online as MOC participants.

To register for MOC, visit the ABOS online at www.abos.org and click on the “MOC” button. Then, follow the prompts to register as a MOC participant.

Have questions about MOC?
No matter what you hear about MOC, the ABOS is the only official source of information. If you have a question, be sure to contact the ABOS—either by phone at 919-929-7103 or online at

Editor’s Note: For more information about MOC, see “Dec. 15 MOC Deadline Reminder.”