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Annals of Surgical Oncology

, Volume 26, Issue 12, pp 3820–3823 | Cite as

Maintenance of Certification and Continuing Medical Education: Are They Still Required?

  • Marissa Howard-McNattEmail author
  • Michael Sabel
  • Doreen Agnese
  • Farin Amersi
  • John Ammori
  • Cletus Arciero
  • Russell Berman
  • Laura Dominici
  • R. Y. Fleming
  • Dale Han
  • Jennifer LaFemina
  • Michael Meyers
  • Prejesh Philips
  • Janice Rafferty
  • Chantal Reyna
  • J. T. Rubin
  • Randall Scheri
  • Ranjna Sharma
  • Armando Guiliano
Health Services Research and Global Oncology

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...

Notes

Acknowledgment

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.

Funding

None.

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© Society of Surgical Oncology 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marissa Howard-McNatt
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael Sabel
    • 2
  • Doreen Agnese
    • 3
  • Farin Amersi
    • 4
  • John Ammori
    • 5
  • Cletus Arciero
    • 6
  • Russell Berman
    • 7
  • Laura Dominici
    • 8
  • R. Y. Fleming
    • 9
  • Dale Han
    • 10
  • Jennifer LaFemina
    • 11
  • Michael Meyers
    • 12
  • Prejesh Philips
    • 13
  • Janice Rafferty
    • 14
  • Chantal Reyna
    • 15
  • J. T. Rubin
    • 16
  • Randall Scheri
    • 17
  • Ranjna Sharma
    • 18
  • Armando Guiliano
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of General Surgery, Medical Center BoulevardWake Forest School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA
  2. 2.University of Michigan Health System-Cancer Center, SurgeryAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  4. 4.Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA
  5. 5.Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, SurgeryClevelandUSA
  6. 6.Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Winship Cancer InstituteEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  7. 7.NYU Langone Health, SurgeryNew YorkUSA
  8. 8.Department of SurgeryBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  9. 9.University of Texas at Austin, SurgeryAustinUSA
  10. 10.Department of SurgeryOregon Health and Science UniversityPortlandUSA
  11. 11.Department of SurgeryMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  12. 12.University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Surgical OncologyChapel HillUSA
  13. 13.Division of Surgical OncologyUniversity of Louisville, SurgeryLouisvilleUSA
  14. 14.University of Cincinnati, SurgeryCincinnatiUSA
  15. 15.H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Surgery-Women’s OncologyTampaUSA
  16. 16.University of Pittsburgh, SurgeryPittsburghUSA
  17. 17.Duke University Medical Center, SurgeryDurhamUSA
  18. 18.SUNY Upstate Medical UniversitySyracuseUSA

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