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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. 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. 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.

Remember! 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: 
  • 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 and has designed its core MOC requirements to meet self-assessment activity requirements. Self-assessment activities involve question and answer exercises which evaluate understanding of the activity's subject.

  • Completion of two ABO self-assessment tests (PORT) will waive the requirement for 8 SACME. Additionally, completion of the ABO practice improvement module will waive the annual 8 SACME requirement. 
  • CME activities that involve review of practice and documented self-reflection qualify.
  • Conferences or monographs that include a post-test or quiz, are also acceptable forms of SACME. 

SACME Options

Activity

Credit(s)

Details

ABMS MOC Directory Varies An online directory of pre-approved activities that integrate the ABMS/ACGME Core Competencies. Access to CME and SACME activities using this menu requires outside registration.

Periodic Ophthalmic Review Test (PORT)

2

Waive full year's SACME requirement based on completion of the PORT requirement (1 module in Core and 1 module in a PEA) or claim 2 CME credits per PORT module.

Practice Improvement Module (PIM)

20

Claim up to 20 CME per module for the completion of a maximum of two PIMs.

Patient Safety Module

3

Claim up to 3 CME for the completion of the ABO Patient Safety Module.

Quarterly Questions 7.5 Claim up to 7.5 CME for the successful completion of the 2017 pilot and achievement of the passing score on article-based questions.
Improving Outcomes in Patients with Uveitis:  Strengthening the Connection Between Ophthalmologists and Rheumatologists in an Era of New Treatment Options 0.75 May 25, 2017 to May 24, 2018. Sponsored by the University of Cincinnati and PeerView Institute for Medical Education.
Casey Eye Institute Ophthalmology Grand Rounds 1.0 per date (10 credits max) September 22, 2017–June 15, 2018. Sponsored by Casey Eye Institute - Oregon Health & Sciences University.
AAO Annual Meeting 2017 varies November 11-14, 2017 in New Orleans, LA. Eighteen (18) different sessions; credits range from 2-4 CME per session.

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

Previously Approved / Expired Courses

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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?