CME Attestation

Engagement in Continuing Medical Education Activities

Continuing Medical Education (CME) is an important part of the Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment
component of Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Accredited educational courses and live activities
completed throughout the 10-year certification cycle help strengthen key competencies
integral to the continued delivery of high quality patient care.

The CME Attestation Process

Effective February 2016, all diplomates will demonstrate satisfactory completion of CME through an online attestation process. Submission of individual CME course details is no longer required; however, you should be able to produce documentation of your CME history in the event of a random audit.

Diplomate Category CME Requirement Attestation Process

Diplomate Category

CME Requirement

Attestation Process

MOC Track 1
Current certificate expires on or prior to12/31/2020

Earn an average of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per year over the 10-year certificate cycle, for a total of 250 CME. Participation in a Patient Safety activity is encouraged.

Attest to the completion of all required CME once during the 10-year cycle using the attestation link on your MOC Status Page.

MOC Track 2
Current certificate expires 12/31/2021or later

Earn an average of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per year, including 8 credits of Self-Assessment CME (SACME). One patient safety-focused activity must be completed prior to the end of Year 3.

Attest in Years 2, 4 6, 8, and 10 to the completion of 50 CME, including at least 16 credits of SACME, for each two-year interval using the attestation link on your MOC Status Page.

Fast-Track MOC Entry/Re-Entry Program

Earn at least 250 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ within the past 10 years.

Attest to the completion of all required CME once at any time during the 3-year Fast Track Process using the attestation link on your MOC Status Page.

Failure to attest to completion of CME may result in a change in public reporting status and/or the loss of certification at the conclusion of the 10-year cycle. Review the complete CME attestation policy for more details.

Locating Acceptable CME

CME credit acceptable for ABO MOC must be AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ obtained from ACCME-accredited CME providers. Additionally, at least 80% of all CME activities completed must be specific to ophthalmology.

The following ABO MOC activities are eligible for CME credit through a joint providership agreement with the American Academy of Ophthalmology:

Click here for more information about locating acceptable Self-Assessment CME.

Direct CME credit for various educational and professional development activities, such as completing a fellowship or authoring an article in a peer-reviewed journal, is available through the AMA. Click here to read more about these opportunities, or visit the AMA website to learn how to claim these credits.