Continuing Medical Education (CME) is a key component of the lifelong learning requirement.
All diplomates participating in MOC must obtain 25 Category 1 CME credits per year from an Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) approved organization as of the date of Certification and throughout the 10-year MOC cycle.
At least 80 percent of the Category 1 CME credits must be relevant to the practice of ophthalmology; the remainder of the CME credit hours can be in general medicine.
There are several ways to submit CME credits:
- Enter course information into your CME tracking tool online at any time
- Use an excel spreadsheet to record course information, following the ABO template and formatting instructions. Email the sheet as an attachment to email@example.com
- Transfer your American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) CME Credits from AAO's CME Central to the ABO. Go to your CME Central page and click 'Transfer CME to ABO'. Please note this only transfers AAO CME; non-AAO CME that appears on your AAO transcript will NOT transfer. You may enter these non-AAO CME credits using your CME tracking tool.
|If your current Certificate expires on or prior to 12/31/2020:
|An average of 25 CME per year over the ten year certificate cycle is required (totaling 250).
|If your current Certificate expires on 12/31/2021 or later:
||Beginning in 2012, newly certified diplomates and diplomates starting a new MOC cycle will participate in MOC an annual basis and must obtain and submit twenty-five CME credits per year through the ten-year MOC Cycle.
Eight of the annual 25 CME required must qualify as Self-Assessment CME.
One activity must qualify as Patient Safety (this requirement is waived in 2012 and 2013; please see below for more information)
Acceptable CME for ABO Maintenance of Certification
Credit acceptable for ABO MOC must be Category 1 obtained from ACCME-accredited CME providers.
How to Identify Acceptable Credits
You should look for the ACCME accreditation statement on CME activity materials and brochures distributed by organizations providing the activity:
"The (name of accredited provider) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians."
For jointly sponsored activities:
"This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of (name of accredited provider) and (name of non-accredited provider). The (name of accredited provider) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians."
Diplomates certifying or recertifying in 2012 must submit 25 CME annually. Eight of the 25 credits must be self-assessment CME (SACME).The ABO provides three pathways to assist diplomates in fulfilling the self-assessment component of CME requirements.
- A menu of qualifying activities available online;
- Waivers for completing certain ABO MOC activities;
- Submission of activities outside the standard SACME definition for consideration by the Board.
In order to be eligible for SACME credits, an activity must meet the following three criteria:
- The activity must have a learning objective that is relevant to the physician's ophthalmic treatment of patients.
- The activity must provide Category 1 Credit obtained through an ACCME-accredited CME provider.
- The activity must have a self-assessment component.
Therefore, the diplomate must be able to answer affirmatively to the following three questions when determining potential CME eligibility:
- Is a learning objective specified that is relevant to the physician's ophthalmic treatment of patients?
- Does the activity provide Category 1 Credit obtained through an ACCME-accredited CME provider?
- Is achievement of the learning objective assessed?
Self-assessment activities take many forms. For example, CME activities involving question and answer exercises which evaluate understanding of the activity's subject matter would qualify. CME activities that involve review of practice and documented self-reflection would also qualify. Conferences or monographs that include a post-test or quiz, are also acceptable forms of SACME. Access to these types of activities can be found though medical societies and groups, and through the SACME Menu available to diplomates.
The ABO believes that self-assessment promotes active learning and has designed its core MOC requirements to also meet the self-assessment activity requirements. Completion of two ABO self-assessment tests (PORT) will waive the requirement for 8 CME in self-assessment activities. Additionally, completion of the ABO practice improvement module will waive the annual 8 SACME requirement. Please note however that these waivers apply to the self-assessment aspect only; diplomates who choose to fulfill their self-assessment requirement this way must still submit 25 CME annually.
The ABO is not providing a complex, detailed definition of self-assessment activity in order to be as inclusive as possible. However diplomates should pursue whatever self-assessment is most relevant to their practice. Diplomates may submit details of activities they feel should qualify for self-assessment to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Board will consider submissions and notify the diplomate of the decision.
Patient Safety CME
Patient Safety CME Requirement Waived in 2013
In 2012, the ABO incorporated a Patient Safety activity as a part of the MOC requirements for diplomates certified or recertified beginning that year. In December 2012, subsequent to the ABO's launch of the requirement, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) introduced revised specifications for patient safety activities designed to add more flexibility and relevance to the requirement. Additionally, patient safety activities must now be pre-approved by ABMS to be included in a member Board's MOC program.
There are no current ophthalmic activities that have been ABMS-approved to meet the ABO Patient Safety requirement for MOC.
With this in mind, the requirement to complete a Patient Safety activity in 2012 or 2013 has been waived for all diplomates.
The ABO continues to work both internally and with external organizations to provide access to a Patient Safety activity that will be relevant to our diplomates' practice, meaningful to their treatment of patients, and provide an opportunity for improved patient care outcomes. The ABO will submit several possible activities to ABMS for review and approval this year and is confident that this will be available for implementation in 2014.
Questions about the requirement can be directed to email@example.com.