Learning & Self-Assessment Activities

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

Attesting to Continuing Medical Education (CME) 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. Diplomates demonstrate satisfactory completion of CME through an online attestation process. CME attestation is completed via a link within the Status Page.

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.

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.

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.

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: 
  • The ABMS Continuing Certification Directory™ is a central repository of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities approved by Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) which meet Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment requirements.
  • 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

Self-Assessment CME (SACME)

Self-assessment promotes active learning. Activities involve question and answer exercises which evaluate understanding of the activity's subject. Diplomates whose certificates expire after 2021 are expected to complete an average of 8 SACME per year as part of their overall CME total.

  • The ABO has designed its core MOC activities to meet self-assessment activity requirements.
  • Completion of two ABO self-assessment tests (PORT) will waive the requirement for 8 SACME in one year. Additionally, completion of the ABO Improvement in Medical Practice Activity will waive the annual 8 SACME requirement. 
  • CME activities that involve review of practice and documented self-reflection qualify as SACME.
  • Conferences or monographs that include a post-test or quiz are also acceptable forms of SACME. 

SACME Menu

Activity

Credit(s)

Details

ABMS Continuing Certification Directory Varies The ABMS Continuing Certification Directory™ is a central repository of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities approved by Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

Improvement in Medical Practice Activities

20

Per activity, for the completion of a maximum of two. (Formerly known as PIMs).

Periodic Ophthalmic Review Tests (PORTs)

2

Online, open-book subspecialty-based activities.

Patient Safety Activity

3

Online, on-demand ophthalmology-specific Patient Safety Activity.

Quarterly Questions 7.5 Online, on-demand longitudinal assessment program.

Acceptance of activities for SACME credit does not imply ABO endorsement.

Previously Approved / Expired Courses

Not on the List?

Diplomates should pursue whatever self-assessment is most relevant to their practice. In order to be eligible for SACME credits, an activity must meet the following three criteria:

  1. The activity must have a learning objective that is relevant to the physician's ophthalmic treatment of patients.
  2. The activity must provide Category 1 Credit obtained through an ACCME-accredited CME provider.
  3. 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:

  1. Is a learning objective specified that is relevant to the physician's ophthalmic treatment of patients?
  2. Does the activity provide Category 1 Credit obtained through an ACCME-accredited CME provider?
  3. Is achievement of the learning objective assessed?