MOC Part 2 - CME and Self-Assessment Resources
- MOC Part 2 requires the completion of 90 hours of Category I CME over a three-year MOC cycle. All CME must be relevant to your practice, or if clinically inactive, to the broad discipline of surgery.
- Category I CME activities are formal educational experiences accredited by the AMA, ACCME, RCPSC or EACCME. These may include seminars, conferences, grand rounds, webinars, podcasts, skills courses and departmental scientific meetings.
- CME courses completed to meet state licensing requirements and on topics such as ethics, patient safety, etc., are acceptable. Diplomates who hold multiple ABS certificates do not have to repeat Part 2 for each certificate.
- Enter and track your CME activities using your CME Repository!
Medscape Not Accepted: The ABS will not accept Medscape CME completed after July 1, 2013, as it does not meet ABS standards. For Medscape CME completed prior to July 1, no more than 12 hours per day will be accepted, and it will not be accepted toward the self-assessment requirement.
- As of July 2012, at least 60 (previously 30) of the 90 Category I CME hours completed over a three-year MOC cycle must include self-assessment. Self-assessment is a written or electronic question-and-answer exercise that assesses your understanding of the material presented in the CME program.
- For diplomates in the middle of an MOC cycle, the 60 hours will be prorated:
- Diplomates who will complete their current cycle as of June 30, 2013 must do an additional 10 hours, for 40 total hours of self-assessment.
- Diplomates who will complete their current cycle as of June 30, 2014 must do an additional 20 hours, for 50 total hours of self-assessment.
- Please use your MOC Timeline to check your status.
- Diplomates must achieve a score of 75% or higher for the self-assessment to count for MOC. There is no required minimum number of questions and repeated attempts are allowed. Individual CME programs may require a higher score at their discretion; make sure your CME program requires at least a 75% score.
- Many live CME events, such as grand rounds and conferences, require a post-test before credit is awarded. Category I CME from journals, textbooks, and audio, video or web-based programs also usually contains self-assessment. Audience response systems are also acceptable if they provide an individual score for each attendee.
- There is no ABS approval process for self-assessment activities. Hospitals, societies and other organizations may develop their own programs per the ABS criteria above.
- Note to CME Sponsors: The ABS MOC Program is an initiative of the American Board of Surgery. To avoid confusion, societies and other organizations should not use terms such as "MOC credits" or "MOC activity." They may only state that an activity provides Category I CME and self-assessment credits toward Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program.
Evidence of CME Completion
- Diplomates are required to submit an online form every three years about their MOC activities, including CME completed. Diplomates who are members of the ACS or SAGES may directly transfer CME participation data.
- No documentation is required at that time; however the ABS audits a percentage of the submitted forms each year to verify the information entered. If you are selected for audit, you will need to supply documentation for the CME listed in your MOC form.
- CME activities completed for MOC may also be used when applying for a recertification exam (MOC Part 3); note that documentation of CME is required as part of the recertification exam application.
- The ABS will waive 60 hours of Category I CME with self-assessment for achieving ABS certification or recertification during a three-year cycle. This includes the certification or recertification that enrolls you in the ABS MOC Program, which may be used toward your first MOC cycle.
- Certification credit is only good for the cycle in which certification or recertification is awarded. It cannot be applied toward the next cycle. If you are not in compliance with MOC, certification credit cannot be used toward the extra 30 hours of CME required for re-entry (MOC Re-entry Policy).
- Diplomates can also apply to the AMA to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit for certification or recertification by the ABS or another ABMS board. The AMA awards 60 credits for certification or recertification after September 1, 2010, and 25 credits prior to that date. See the AMA website and direct CME application (pdf) for details; the number of credits awarded for an activity is determined solely by the AMA.
- Diplomates who obtain certification or recertification from another ABMS board may use this toward the ABS' CME requirements, but must obtain the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for it as documentation.
Part 2 Resources
- Some resources for Category I CME and self-assessment:*
- ACS Surgery
- American Association for the Surgery of Trauma e-Learning/CME
- Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery (EBRS)
- Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS)
- JAMA Surgery (formerly Archives of Surgery)
- Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS)
- SAGES University
- Self-Education Self-Assessment in Thoracic Surgery (SESATS)
- Selected Readings in General Surgery (SRGS®)
- Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP® )
- Vascular surgery-related programs:
- Journal of Vascular Surgery
- Vascular Education and Self-Assessment Program (VESAP®)
- Vascular Self-Evaluation Program (VSEP)
- Pediatric surgery-related programs:
* The ABS posts these links as a service to diplomates; it assumes no responsibility for the content of these programs. Posting of links is at the discretion of the ABS. For a CME activity to be posted on this page, it must be: (1) sponsored by a nonprofit organization; (2) national in scope (not a local or regional program); (3) contain content applicable to ABS diplomates; (4) meet the ABS' definition of self-assessment.
Updated: October 2013