Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Determining Your CME Requirement

By the end of the 10-year cycle, all diplomates will 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: Your 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
MOC Track 2: Your current certificate expires 12/31/2021 or later Diplomates participate in MOC on an annual basis and must record 25 CME credits per year throughout the 10-year MOC cycle.

Eight (8) of the annual 25 CME required must qualify as Self-Assessment CME. A menu of acceptable self-assessment activities is posted here.

One activity must qualify as Patient Safety. The ABO's free online Patient Safety Module will become available in summer 2014. The ABO also accepts completion of the NPSF Patient Safety Curriculum.

Defining 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."

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.

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 record the course name, sponsor, location, date, and number of credits for each CME entry. There are several ways to submit CME credits:

  • 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."