ABMS MOC Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (Part II) Requirements

ABMS Member Boards

ABAI | ABA | ABCRS | ABD | ABEM | ABFM | ABIM | ABMGG | ABNS | ABNM | ABOG | ABO | ABOS | ABOHNS | ABPath | ABP | ABPMR | ABPS | ABPM | ABPN | ABR | ABS | ABTS | ABU

Date of Publication: 2/13/2013. Updated: 1/30/2019

American Board of Allergy and Immunology (abai.org)

  • Complete 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ annually.
  • Complete a communication module once every 10 years.
  • Complete a patient safety module once every 10 years.

American Board of Anesthesiology (theaba.org)

  • All credits must be AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
  • No more than 70 CME credits per calendar year (completed between 2006 and 2012) will be credited toward the Part II requirement.
  • No more than 60 CME credits per calendar year (completed in or after 2013) will be credited toward the requirement.
  • Complete a minimum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from ABA-approved Patient Safety CME Activities.

American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (abcrs.org)

  • Complete 90 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ every five years.
  • Over a five-year cycle, 50 of the 90 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ must include a Self-Assessment Activity. CARSEP or SESAP are recommended; however, any accredited CME activity that provides AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™,and a Self-Assessment component (with a passing score of greater than 75%), will be accepted for MOC Part II Self-Assessment.

American Board of Dermatology (abderm.org)

  • Attest to having earned a minimum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ annually.
  • Complete a minimum of 100 self-assessment questions in each of these three periods: years 1-3, years 4-6 and years 7-10.

American Board of Emergency Medicine (abem.org)

  • Complete four ABEM Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (LLSA) tests during the first five years and four during the second five years of the diplomates’ 10-year certification cycle.

American Board of Family Medicine (theabfm.org)

  • Complete 150 CME credits of specialty-relevant CME every three years. A minimum of 75 of the 150 CME Credits must be AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™.

  • Complete a minimum of one Self-Assessment Activity every three years. This requirement can be met from the successful completion of a Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) activity or by completing at least 4 quarters of the Continuous Knowledge Self-Assessment (CKSA) in each 3-year period. Successful completion of a KSA earns 10 ABFM MOC Points and 8 AMA PRA Category CME Credits™ and the CKSA is worth 2.5 ABFM MOC Points per quarter. Both activities can be accessed through the ABFM Physician Portfolio.

  • The Clinical Self-Assessment (CSA) is now optional. Successful completion of a CSA earns 5 ABFM MOC Points and 4 AMA PRA Category I CME CreditsTM. CSAs are accessed through the ABFM Physician Portfolio.

American Board of Internal Medicine (abim.org)

  • To meet MOC requirements. ABIM Board Certified physicians must earn 100 points every five years.
  • ABIM and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) are collaborating to support physicians who are engaged in lifelong learning by enabling them to earn MOC points for Continuing Medical Education (CME) that they are already doing.

American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (abmgg.org)

  • Complete one online literature review module or equivalent activity per 3-year cycle.
  • Complete one patient safety activity per 3-year cycle.
  • Complete 75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (or equivalent) CME credits throughout each 3-year cycle. At least 50% of the CME credits must be related to Medical Genetics and Genomics.

American Board of Neurological Surgery (abns.org)

  • Type 1 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ in neurosurgery related activities.

American Board of Nuclear Medicine (abnm.org)

  • Complete a minimum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ annually, which includes a minimum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ relevant to Nuclear Medicine.
  • Eight self-assessment credits must be part of the 17.5 CME credits related to Nuclear Medicine. Self- Assessment credits are awarded for both self-assessment modules (SAM’s) and Self-Assessment CME activities.

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (abog.org)

  • Complete 30 practice-relevant journal articles and complete 4 post-assessment questions per journal
    article. Complete a minimum of 120 post-assessment questions annually. ABOG delivers the journal-based assignments during the first week of January, April and July annually.
  • Achieve an 80% completion rate on the 120 post-assessment questions, (minimum) and submit by due date.
  • Upon successful completion of the ABOG reading assignments and post-assessment questions diplomates will earn 25 AMA PRA Category 1 CME™ credits from ACOG.

American Board of Ophthalmology (abop.org)

  • Complete an average of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ annually, including 8 Self-Assessment (SA) Credits.
  • 80% of the total 250 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (10-year cycle) must be relevant to Ophthalmology.
  • One patient safety-focused activity must be completed prior to the end of year three.

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (abos.org)

  • Complete 240 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ relevant to Orthopaedic Surgery every 10 years.
  • 40 of the 240 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ must be Self-Assessment Examinations (SAE) or Self- Assessment Activities (SA). SAE are activities produced by organizations other than the ABOS, then approved for MOC credit by ABOS. SAE credit may be earned through:
    • Scored and recorded examinations
    • Portfolio Program
    • PIMs
    • Registries
    • Physician Scorecards

American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (aboto.org)

  • Complete a minimum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ annually.
  • Complete one ABOto self-assessment module in a practice relevant area annually, and achieve a passing score of 80% or higher.

American Board of Pathology (abpath.org)

  • To meet ABPath’s Lifelong Learning requirements, diplomates must report one of following every two years:
    • Complete 70 AMA Category 1 Credits™ per two-year reporting period.
    • Complete an ACGME-accredited or institutional accredited fellowship.
    • Complete ABPath’s Physician-Scientist Research Pathway
  • At least 20 of the 70 AMA Category 1 Credits™ must be from activities which count as Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs).
  • 80% of reported AMA Category 1 Credits™ must be directly related to the diplomate’s scope of practice.
  • ABPath is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to further support certified pathologist. Completed CME activities may be sent directly to ABPath to assist pathologists with their Continuing Certification reporting requirements

American Board of Pediatrics (abp.org)

  • Physicians are responsible for completing their requirements as stated in their online physician portfolio. Diplomates who have transitioned into the continuing, five-year, points-based program are required to earn a specific number of self-assessment points during their cycle.
  • ABP has announced a collaboration with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).This collaboration is designed to expand the number and diversity of accredited CME activities which meet the ABP’s MOC requirements for lifelong learning and self-assessment.

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (abpmr.org)

  • Complete 300 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ every 10 years (MOC cycle).
    • Complete 150 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ in years 1-5 and in years 6-10 of the MOC cycle.
  • Complete 4 ABPMR-approved self-assessments during the 10-year MOC cycle.
    • Complete 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ through ABPMR-approved self-assessment in years 1-5 and in years 6-10 of the MOC cycle.

American Board of Plastic Surgery (abplasticsurgery.org)

  • Complete 150 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ submitted in years 3, 6, and 9 of the 10-year cycle:
    • 60 Category 1 Credits (general).
    • 50 Plastic Surgery CME Credits – may be Category 1 or II.
    • 20 Patient Safety CME Credits – may be Category I or II.
    • The remaining undefined credits may be Category 1 or II.

American Board of Preventive Medicine (theabpm.org)

  • Complete 250 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, including at least 100 ABPM-approved LL-SA credits, during each 10-year certification cycle.

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (abpn.com)

  • Complete an average of 30 specialty or subspecialty AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ annually (averaged over three years).
  • Diplomates are required to participate in ABPN-approved broad-based self-assessment activities. An average of 8 AMA PRA Category Credits™ (annually), should involve self-assessment (averaged over three years).
  • An institutional or ABPN-approved patient safety activity must be performed only once in a diplomate’s career, either three years before or within the first three years of MOC participation.

American Board of Radiology (theabr.org)

  • Complete 75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ every three years.
  • 25 of the 75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ must be Self-Assessment (SA) Credits.

American Board of Surgery (absurgery.org)

  • Diplomates will report CME activities every 5 years.
  • Diplomates must complete 150 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ over a five-year cycle, of which 50 credits must include self-assessment (i.e., a quiz or test).

American Board of Thoracic Surgery (abts.org)

  • Complete 150 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ over each 5-year period (an average of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ annually).
  • A minimum of 75 of the 150 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ need to be relevant to Thoracic Surgery.
  • Complete the SESATS exercise during the fifth year of the MOC cycle.

American Board of Urology (abu.org)

  • Complete 90 CME credits relevant to Urology. 30 of the 90 CME credits must be AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
  • Evidence of Self-Assessment is demonstrated by the online completion of a Practice Assessment Protocol (PAP) two times throughout the 10-year MOC cycle.

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*Disclaimer – This table is for general informational purposes only. The applicable MOC requirements are determined by each ABMS Member Board and may change from time to time. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this table is correct as of the date of publication, it is ultimately the responsibility of the user to confirm the applicable MOC requirements with the relevant ABMS Member Board(s).