The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) recently debuted its revamped www.abos.org website. The site’s new design and content make it easier to locate important information and resources related to the ABOS’ Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process, according to Jason Anderson, ABOS information technology/communications staff member.
Exploring the homepage
The new ABOS homepage (Fig. 1) prominently features an “Important Dates” calendar. Users can opt to view due dates that correspond to the following:
- Part I of the initial certification examination
- Part II of the initial certification examination
- Subspecialty certification in hand
- Subspecialty certification in sports
Below the calendar is a link to “View More Important Dates.” The expanded calendar provides comprehensive information and due dates related to board certification and MOC.
The homepage also includes an MOC section with a “Sign Up for MOC” button. MOC participants should click on this button to register for the MOC program.
The “Log In” button on the upper right opens a pop-up box so that candidates and diplomates can enter their user names and passwords to obtain full access to the site.
The revamped navigation bar that runs across the top of the home-page has the following tabs:
- Find a Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Navigating the site
The “About” tab contains a drop-down menu that provides access to information about the ABOS’ history, board of directors, and public trust initiatives, as well as links to the ABOS newsletter, The Diplomate.
Moving to the right on the navigation bar, users can access the “Find a Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon” tab, which enables members of the public to locate a board-certified orthopaedist by name, city, state, and/or zip code.
The last three categories in the navigation bar—“Certification,” “MOC,” and “Contact”—contain information specifically for orthopaedic surgeons.
Under the heading of “Certification,” notes Mr. Anderson, orthopaedic surgeons can select from the drop-down menu to learn about board certification and find resources that can assist in obtaining certification. The section also includes information about the Part I Exam and the Part II Exam, as well as about subspecialty certification in hand and sports. Some of the many resources include application instructions, rules and procedures, exam tutorials and statistics, and sports and hand Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes.
Under the “MOC” heading, users will find a wealth of information about participating in the MOC process, such as application instructions for the recertification examination, recertification tutorials, MOC case list instructions, a sample scribe data sheet, and information about AMA PRA Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME)™ credits. After logging in, diplomates can fill out their surgical cases lists, enter their earned CME and self-assessment credits, and apply for their exams. (Candidates can use a separate “Part II exam tab” to enter their cases and apply for the exam.)
Under the “Contact” heading, users can find contact information for the office staff at the ABOS and can also contact website technical support staff members.
Much of the website that is only accessible after logging in looks the same as it did before the redesign, according to Mr. Anderson. Diplomates who log in, however, will find some new features, such as the MOC dashboard (Fig. 2).
“The MOC dashboard helps diplomates easily track their progress through the MOC process and enables them to determine when they will be able to take their exams,” he said.
The group that manages the ABOS’ databases and overall website functionality is also working closely with the AAOS to create a way for CME credits earned from the AAOS and society programs accredited by the AAOS to transfer over to the ABOS’ data collection tools.
Have questions? Contact ABOS
Anyone with questions about the ABOS website should contact ABOS technical support by phone at 312-944-0642 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about MOC, contact ABOS staff members by phone at 919-929-7103, or visit the ABOS online at www.abos.org
Jennie McKee is a staff writer for AAOS Now. She can be reached at email@example.com