Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit is another part of ABEM MOC Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (LLS). Diplomates are required to complete an average of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per year. The CME requirement is being phased in based on when a physician’s certification expires.
Physicians can view their individual ABEM CME requirements by signing in to their ABEM MOC Personal Page.
Types of Acceptable Credit
Any of the following types of CME credit can be used to meet the ABEM MOC requirement:
- AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
- AAFP Prescribed Credit
- ACOG cognates
- AOA Category IA credits
- RCPSC credits
Credits earned from the LLSA CME activity can be used to meet the ABEM CME requirement, as can credits obtained from the AMA for passing the Oral Certification Examination or the ConCertTM Examination. Physicians can also choose their own CME activities provided that they are practice-relevant.
An average of eight of the credits each year must be from self-assessment activities. Examples of self-assessment activities are:
- Activities that have a testing component
- Activities that are simulation-based, during which feedback is provided
- An ABEM LLSA CME activity
- Activities that use external assessment methods and standards
- CME activities involving patient and peer review
- Practice Improvement Modules (PIMs), Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs), and similarly designed CME activities
Activities that are purely lecture-based or demonstration-based are not self-assessment.
Reporting and Documentation
Physicians report completion of the required CME activity to ABEM in the year the requirement is due. No documentation is needed. All that is required is to attest online to receiving the CME credits. Copies of CME certificates of completion are not required except for those randomly selected for independent verification. ABEM CME Requirement FAQs