Update on American Board of Surgery reporting

September 25, 2023
Area(s) of Interest: Continuing Medical Education (CME) 

Effective July 1, 2023, the American Board of Surgery (ABS) discontinued self-reporting of credits by diplomates. For ABS surgeons to have their continuing medical education (CME) credits count toward their ABS Continuous Certification (also known as Maintenance of Certification, or MOC) requirements, they will need to come through the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).

Since ABS accepts any accredited CME relevant to surgery, many providers have CME activities that would count. (For more information, see the ABS announcement of these changes.)If your surgeon-learners would like you to report their CME credit, you can register the activity in PARS and report their credit. It will then be made available to ABS and show up in the surgeon’s ABS profile.

This recording from the ACCME Learner Credit Reporting Webinar with ABS updates will help accredited CME providers navigate ABS’ new credit reporting requirements. The webinar:

  • Explains the ABS reporting requirements
  • Suggests strategies to start registering and reporting credit for activities most popular with surgeons
  • Offers tips for building more capacity in your program to register and report credit for more activities

Quick tip: remember to register your activity for MOC credit with ABS as the certifying board. Participating in the CME for MOC Collaboration remains an optional way for accredited providers to add value to their CME programs and relieve some of the reporting burden from physician learners.

Remember to join the California Medical Association CME program and ACCME on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, from 10-11 a.m. for a support session to answer questions about learner credit data reporting in ACCME PARS.


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