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FAQs - Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Visit ACCME's CME Finder to search the list of CME activities that earn you credit towards ABS CC requirements.

You can filter the list of activities by fields such as specialty, accredited CME provider (for example, professional membership organization and/or affiliation), activity type, credit type, fee and location.

You can also contact the accredited CME provider to inquire about ABS CC eligibility for a specific activity.

Through our collaboration with the ACCME, the accredited CME provider is responsible for collecting and submitting your activity completion information, and will then upload the information so that it appears automatically in your ABS portal.

When you register for an accredited CME activity, you will need to give the CME provider your first name, last name and month and day of birth. CME providers may ask for your ABS Candidate ID# when you register for the activity, which can be found in the blue bar at the top of the page when you log in to your ABS portal, as well as on your "Exam Records and Results" page. If you have questions about this process, please contact the accredited CME provider to inquire about how to claim CC credit for a specific activity. Please do not contact ABS to claim credit if you have requested that the provider do so for you.

At this time, diplomates may also transfer credits from their ACS, SAGES or ASMBS CME Repository, or through manual entry. To claim credit through one of these options, please log in to your ABS portal, navigate to your CME Repository, and transfer or enter your credits. You should not self-report credit that you have already asked the CME provider to report on your behalf.

Note that it will take some time for accredited CME providers to register their activities with ACCME and begin collecting and reporting your CME credit. Accredited CME providers should report your CME credits in ACCME’s system within 30 days of you completing the activity. Please contact the CME provider for questions about their timeframe for submitting completion information for a specific activity.

CME providers are encouraged to submit completion information as soon as possible after the CME activity is completed, so that you receive your credit quickly. CME earned for activities completed by December 31 of a given year will count for that year.

You can also check to see if the CME provider has submitted your completion information by logging in to your ABS portal and navigating to your CME Repository.
No, ABS does not accept physical certificates in lieu of credit entry. Credits must be either submitted by the accredited CME provider through the ACCME, transferred from the ACS, SAGES or ASMBS CME Repository, or entered manually. If an accredited CME provider is going to report your credit in ACCME’s system, you should not self-report it manually.
The accredited CME provider determines the deadline for claiming credit for an activity. It is best to contact the CME provider to inquire about the deadline for a specific CME activity.
Diplomates may add CME credit completed in previous years through the transfer option with ACS, SAGES or ASMBS, or by manually entering the information. Accredited CME providers will not send the ABS information for activities completed prior to March 1, 2021.

CME credit registration is open to all CME providers accredited within the ACCME system. The CME providers determine which of their activities meet ABS’s requirements in support of physician engagement in lifelong learning and quality improvement.

Note that it will take some time for CME organizations to register their activities with ACCME and begin collecting and reporting your CME credit. In the meantime, you can continue to self-report your credit earned through accredited CME organizations using the manual submission method. You should not self-report credit that you have already asked the CME organizations to report on your behalf.

Once an activity has ended, it is no longer searchable in CME Finder. Contact the CME provider to inquire about ABS CC eligibility for a specific activity.

All accredited AMA PRA Category 1TM CME activities are eligible for ABS CC credit. Some activities may also meet the requirements to grant ABS self-assessment credit. Eligible activities may include live and online courses, attending society meetings, Grand Rounds, Quality/Performance improvement, and more.

Visit ACCME's CME Finder to search the list of CME activities that earn you credit towards ABS CC requirements.


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