American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery to launch new MOC program: 6 key insights

Practice Management

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery will launch a new Maintenance of Certification option in January 2019, according to AAOS Now.

Here are six things to know.

1. The new ABOS pathway to MOC, called the ABOS Web-Based Longitudinal Assessment Program, will allow board-certified orthopedic surgeons to fulfill MOC Part III requirements by completing a single annual assessment instead of taking an examination to recertify every 10 years.

2. Diplomates seeking recertification will have the option to use a web-based interface to answer questions on a personal computer.

3. The questions will be drawn from a collection of "knowledge resources" consisting of articles, practice guidelines, videos, webinars and other content chosen by 10 knowledge source groups covering the major focuses of orthopedic practice. ABOS will work with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and specialty societies to appoint members to the groups.

4. The knowledge resources portfolio will be made available to diplomates each January. Diplomates may select 15 knowledge resources out of a planned 60 to 70 that they find most relevant to their practice. In April, 30 questions drawn from the selected knowledge resources will be presented to the diplomate to answer through the web platform.

5. The diplomates will be given three minutes to answer each question while utilizing resources.

6. The ABOS and the AAOS will work to ensure that the ABOS WLA will be eligible for CME credits at no charge to Academy fellows.

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