CME Requirements

About CME

By the end of the 10-year cycle, all diplomates must earn a total of 250 CME credits; however, diplomates in Track 2 complete MOC CME activities on an annual basis in increments of 25 credits per year. Specific criteria also applies to the type of CME that must be obtained in Track 2.

Diplomate Category CME Requirements
MOC Track 1
Current certificate expires on or prior to 12/31/2020
Diplomates submit an average of 25 CME per year over the 10-year certificate cycle, for a total of 250 CME. Diplomates are also encouraged to complete a Patient Safety activity.
MOC Track 2
Current certificate expires 12/31/2021 or later

Diplomates submit 25 CME credits annually throughout the 10-year MOC cycle.

  • Self-Assessment CME
    8/25 CME submitted annually must qualify as Self-Assessment CME (SACME).
  • Patient Safety
    One patient safety-focused activity must be completed prior to the end of MOC Year 3.

At least 80 percent of all CME credits submitted for ABO MOC must be relevant to the practice of ophthalmology; the remainder of CME credit hours may be focused on general medicine topics.

Locating Acceptable CME

CME credit acceptable for ABO MOC must be AMA PRA Category 1 credit obtained from ACCME-accredited CME providers. To determine whether an activity has the appropriate designation, look for the ACCME accreditation statement on CME activity materials and brochures distributed by the organization 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."

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.

Earning CME by Completing MOC Activities

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

  • Periodic Ophthalmic Review Test (PORT) Modules: 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM per module on a maximum of 10 modules per calendar year
  • Patient Safety Module: 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM once per cycle
  • Practice Improvement Modules (PIMs): 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM per module on up to two modules per 10-year cycle

Submitting CME to the ABO

CME certificates are not required; however, the ABO reserves the right to audit individual CME submissions. Diplomates are asked to provide the course name, sponsor, location, date, and number of credits for each CME entry.

There are several ways to submit CME credits to the ABO:

  • Enter the CME course information into your CME tracking tool on your MOC Status Page.
  • Use an excel spreadsheet  to record course information using the ABO template and formatting instructions. Email the sheet as an attachment to
  • Transfer your CME Credits from the American Academy of Ophthalmology's CME Central to the ABO. Go to your AAO CME Central page and click  "Transfer CME to ABO."