CME resources for Continuous Certification Program
CONTINUOUS CERTIFICATION CME REQUIREMENTS
Currently CMEs are collected in Years 6 and 9 of diplomates’ 10-year cycles. At least 125 Category 1 credits in plastic surgery are required, with 25 patient safety credits. It is possible and common for one activity to count towards multiple minimums (ie; Category 1, plastic surgery, and patient safety). Any credits entered into the CME Summary on the ASPS member profile may be imported automatically. Otherwise, a certificate must be uploaded to verify credit hours.
PATIENT SAFETY CME REQUIREMENT
25 CME credits in patient safety activities are required by the Board every five years throughout the certification cycle for those participating in the Continuous Certification program.
Often CME providers have patient safety credits "built in" to CME activities. However, the following list may be used as a resource for those who need assistance locating additional patient safety activities:
EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT ALIGNED WITH TRACER PROCEDURE
One approved eductional activity is required with each tracer procedure. The educational activity can be completed within three years of completing the tracer procedure as long as it is completed prior to the December 1st deadline.
Review the following for a complete list of approved articles: ABPS-approved Educational Activities aligned with Tracer Procedures
ASPS EdNet provides multi-week virtual master classes for plastic surgeons to learn and share surgical experiences. Led by recognized surgical experts, these intimate, interactive online classes encourage a "small study group" atmosphere and provide all participants with the opportunity to engage and interact throughout the weekly webinar classes.
ABMS CONTINUING CERTIFICATION DIRECTORY
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) have partnered to provide a central repository of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities that are approved by ABMS member boards for Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment requirements.
- CME activities completed through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory for the American Board of Plastic Surgery will count toward the overall requirement of 125 CME credits every five years.
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: PATIENT SAFETY
Diplomates who are not actively practicing plastic surgery may maintain their certification by participating in Continuous Certification under the Diplomates with Special Circumstances Policy.
Once approved by the Board, the diplomate must complete an approved patient safety activity in Years 3, 6, and 9 of the certification cycle. Contact the Board Office with questions.