CME resources for Continuous Certification Program


60 Category I CME credits

Diplomates who successfully complete the CC Examination may apply to the American Medical Association (AMA) for CME credit.

Membership with the AMA is not required to earn the CME credits. There is a fee charged by the AMA.

  • Visit AMA:
  • Click the link to Direct credit application
  • Create an Account
  • Provide a copy of your Result Letter found on the Diplomate tracking page of the Board's website


One approved eductional activity is required with each tracer procedure. The educational activity can be completed within three years of completing the tracer procedure. Therefore, diplomates who are attending a society meeting which offers Continuing Certification courses before activities are required in years 3 and 6 of the 10-year certification cycle will satisfy the requirement as long as the course is completed within the three years prior to the December 1st deadline and aligned with the completed tracer procedure. Approved articles are also available.  

Review the following for a complete list of approved activities: ABPS-approved Educational Activities aligned with Tracer Procedures 


20 CME credits in patient safety activities are required by the Board every three years throughout the certification cycle for those participating in the Continuous Certification program. Refer to the Patient Safety Credit Policy.

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:

    • Course: ASAPS: Hot Topics in Patient Safety
    • Course: ASAPS: Developing a Culture of Safety in Aesthetic Surgery
    • Course: ASPS: Venous Thromboembolism and its Prevention
    • Course: ASPS: Improving Patient Safety During Sedation/Analgesia
    • Course: ASPS: Patient Safety Can Be Profitable
    • Course: ASPS: Preventing Surgical Site Infections
    • Course: IHI Open School Patient Safety Curriculum
      • Earn up Up to 10 Category I CME credits
    • Article: PRS: Patient Safety: Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Cosmetic Surgery
    • Article: PRS: Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Plastic Surgery Patients
    • Article: PRS: Patient Safety in the Office Based Setting
    • Article PRS: Patient Safety in Plastic Surgery

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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.

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 150 CME credits every three years.



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.