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The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) and the American Board of Surgery (ABS) are pleased to announce that jointly accredited providers are now welcome to register CME activities that meet ABS Continuous Certification Program requirements and to submit physician-learner completion data in the Joint Accreditation Program and Activity Reporting System JA-PARS.
A Streamlined Process for CME Providers and ABS Diplomates
The process is similar to registering activities that meet the requirements of other certifying boards that are collaborating with the ACCME. Details are described in the CME for Maintenance of Certification Program Guide.
Please note that although the resources refer to Maintenance of Certification, they are applicable to the ABS Continuous Certification Program. Some boards use different terms to describe the process of maintaining certification. ABS uses the term Continuous Certification.
Shared Commitment to Supporting Surgeons and Advancing Patient Care
The ACCME and the ABS share a commitment to providing flexible, high-quality, practice-relevant learning and assessment to support surgeons in their practice and to promote safe and effective patient care. With this collaboration, the ACCME and ABS aim to increase the number and diversity of accredited CME activities that meet the requirements for ABS Continuous Certification and to streamline the process for ABS diplomates and for accredited CME providers.
“The ABS looks forward to working with the ACCME on a seamless transfer of diplomate CME activities. The ACCME-ABS collaboration will decrease the administrative burden of CME reporting and will allow diplomates to devote their time to lifelong learning and the care of patients, instead of tracking and uploading CME credits. The PARS collaboration also provides diplomates with ready access to a trove of available CME opportunities.”Jo Buyske, MD, President and CEO, American Board of Surgery (ABS)
“In these challenging times, it is more important than ever to support the efforts of educators and surgeons to optimize the care delivered to the patients and communities we all serve. By working together, the ACCME and the ABS empower our educators to offer ABS diplomates more flexibility in choosing high-quality, practice-relevant learning that advances their ability to deliver the highest quality care.”Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
The collaboration with the ABS continues the ACCME’s commitment to supporting physicians’ commitment to lifelong learning and to easing burdens on physicians by enabling them to meet multiple professional requirements by participating in accredited CME. The ACCME has also developed collaborations with these American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member boards: the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO), the American Board of OtolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS), the American Board of Pathology (ABPath), and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). For more information, visit CME in Support of MOC.
Accredited CME providers: Please contact [email protected].
ABS Diplomates: Please contact the ABS communications department.
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