The end of this year will mark the completion of three full years since the successful launch of Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA) for all ABR specialties. While we celebrate its many benefits, we continue to evaluate opportunities to improve OLA and its overall fit in the Continuing Certification (MOC) process.
OLA has proved to be a robust self-assessment tool. To that end, 2022 will be the final year that we will require diplomates completing their OLA annual progress requirement to complete self-assessment CME (SA-CME). All diplomates will still need to complete 75 Category 1 CME credits in the previous three-year period, but no SA-CME will be required after 2022. The OLA annual progress requirement is the number of questions a diplomate needs to answer each year. For most, this is 52 questions per year, but it will vary depending on how many certificates you are maintaining.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you think about the upcoming changes to SA-CME:
- All diplomates still need to complete 75 Category 1 CME credits in the previous three years, regardless of OLA participation.
- Only diplomates completing their OLA annual progress requirement will be able to forego SA-CME.
- The last SA-CME attestation for those completing their OLA annual progress requirement will be during the 2023 Continuing Certification (MOC) attestation period January 1-March 1, 2023.
- Diplomates not completing their OLA annual progress requirement will still need to complete 75 Category 1 CME credits, of which 25 must be SA-CME.
Anyone with questions may contact an ABR Certification Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 790-2900.