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Learning & Self-Assessment

Lifelong learning and self-assessment activities are designed to help you enhance clinical knowledge relevant to your area(s) of practice focus. Attesting to regular engagement in educational and self-assessment activities demonstrates a commitment to the continuous development of practice-related competencies.

Locating Acceptable Continuing Medical Education (CME) Activities

The ACCME CME Finder is now home to activities that meet ABO standards for MOC credit. Activities on this menu have been developed by accredited providers and pre-approved for ABO MOC credit in the following categories: Part II: Lifelong Learning, Self-Assessment, and/or Patient Safety, or Part IV: Improvement in Medical Practice.

*New* Browse available CME activities focused on the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • CME credit acceptable for ABO MOC must be AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ obtained from ACCME-accredited CME providers. At least 80% of all CME activities completed for ABO MOC must be specific to ophthalmology.
  • The ABO's Quarterly Questions program is eligible for 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from 2019 forward thanks to a joint providership agreement with the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Previous iterations of the Quarterly Questions program are eligible for 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
  • Direct CME credit from the AMA is available for certain educational and professional development activities, such as completing a fellowship or authoring an article in a peer-reviewed journal. Click here to visit the AMA's website and learn more about these opportunities.

Attesting to Completion of CME Requirements

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. To demonstrate completion of CME, you will attest online through a brief form on your Status Page.

Diplomate Category

CME Requirement

Attestation Process

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

Earn a total of 250 CME. Participation in a Patient Safety activity is encouraged.

Attest to completion at the end of the 10-year cycle.

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

Earn an average of 50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ every 2 years, including 16 credits that qualify as self-assessment.

One patient safety activity must be completed during the 10-year cycle.

Attest to CME completion every 2 years; attest to patient safety completion once.

Fast-Track MOC Entry

Earn at least 250 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (within the last 10 years).

Attest to the completion of all CME once during the 3-year Fast Track Process.

What happened to the online ABO Periodic Ophthalmic Review Tests (PORTs)? As of December 31, 2019, the ABO discontinued PORTs and simplified its Part II requirements for lifelong learning and self-assessment. If you have already completed PORTs during your current 10-year cycle, you may apply the CME and self-assessment credits you earned towards your CME/self-assessment totals.