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8. What is Category 1 CME and where can I get it?

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) accredits medical societies and other organization to provide post-residency ongoing education. These organizations must submit educational objectives and the educational program must be approved before CME credits are given. The American Medical Association determines the type or category of credit.

Category 1 CME credits involve active participation in the learning process. Only Category 1 CME credits can be counted toward MOC documentation requirements. Orthopaedic societies, including the AAOS, state medical societies, some specialty societies, medical schools, hospitals, journals and other groups may be ACCME accredited to provide AMA Category 1 CME.

It is the Diplomate responsibility to document participation in the correct form of CME for the ABOS Credentials Committee.


9. How can I receive documentation of CME credits?

The CME provider will provide written verification of participation in a CME activity. You may claim only the number of credits/hours in which you actually participated in that activity. You may need to request this information (written verification) from the CME provider.

10. How do I provide documentation of my CME credits to the ABOS?

It is the responsibility of the diplomate to provide documentation directly to the ABOS office in the application process for MOC. It is NOT the CME provider responsibility to relate this information. The ABOS website will have detailed instructions as to how this information is to be submitted.

11. Why is there a SAE (self assessment examination) requirement?

The goal of MOC is ongoing professional improvement. The MOC program includes a self assessment component to help direct self study.

12. What is the SAE (self assessment examination) requirement?

The MOC process requires documentation of a minimum of 20 credits of Category 1 CME credits obtained for completion and scoring of self-assessment examinations (SAE) during a three-year cycle. The SAEs have no pass or fail grade. The SAE will be scored and returned confidentially to you. The results of your SAE should help direct your study plan as part of your personal QI program. You must provide only the documentation that you have completed and returned for scoring the required number of SAE credits.

13. Can I claim my SAE credits as part of my 120 credits of CME?

Yes, a minimum of 20 credits from SAE activity must be included as part of your 120 credits of CME. There is no maximum or upper limit of credits from SAE activity or for CME activity. It is expected that the SAE will help direct the diplomate toward areas of study that will lead to professional improvement.

14. How can I get ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) Category 1 credits for SAE?

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and other ABOS approved self-assessment instruments are available through which this requirement may be fulfilled. The SAE must be topical to orthopaedics and/or the subspecialty of orthopaedic surgery practiced by the diplomate. The minimum number of credits per exam must be ten. (See Answer 8 for more information.)

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