Maintenance of Certification and Continuing Medical Education: Are They Still Required?
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Many surgeons may be confused by the new recommendations for continuing medical education (CME) and maintenance of certification (MOC). The following questions are asked: Do I still need MOC? How much CME currently is required by the American Board of Surgery (ABS)? Where can I get MOC and CME credits?
This article reviews the current MOC and CME requirements and lists options for completion of these requisites available through the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) and its official journal, Annals of Surgical Oncology (ASO). The ABS and the Society for Surgical Oncology aim for their members to have lifelong learning, with the goal of improving patient care.1
Initially, MOC was developed by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and its 24 member boards, including the ABS.1 The medical board initiative began in 1917, with the goal of setting standards for quality care.1
The ABMS considers certification and MOC to be voluntary. Certification shows that a physician or surgeon...
This article is a publication of the CME committee from the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO). It was written and reviewed by the CME committee members and reviewed by members of the Executive Council of the SSO. The authors acknowledge Alanna Kaiser and Patti Stella of the SSO for their input.
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