Part 2: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment
Last verified on April 29, 2020
To satisfy Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2, the ABR requires diplomates to attain 75 CME credits every three years, at least 25 of which must be credits from Self-Assessment CME (SA-CME) activities.1
There are two types of SA-CME activities:
- Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs). Created by societies and other organizations and prequalified by the ABR, SAMs are primarily podium presentations with a post-session assessment instrument. Some organizations call these "live SA-CME,” and others call them “SAMs.” Both terms are equivalent, with the number of credits determined by the ACCME or an ACCME-accredited category 1 CME provider.
- Enduring AMA Category 1 CME offerings. Enduring activities are certified CME that endure over a specified time. These include print, audio, video and Internet materials such as monographs, podcasts, CD/DVD, archived webinars as well as other web-based activities.
Products without self-assessment instruments are eligible only for CME credit. Organizations offering CME, SAMs or SA-CME activities must be accredited by the ACCME to do so.
For more CME and SA-CME resources, see the ABMS MOC Directory
When diplomates complete their Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA) progress requirement for a particular year, their self-assessment CME (SA-CME) obligations decrease from 25 to 15 for the previous three-year period. The total number of CME credits required (75) remains the same. Participation in OLA cannot be used to earn CME credit, because the ABR is not an accredited CME provider. The ABR relies on the expertise and experience of societies and associations to provide regular opportunities for diplomates to earn CME credit.
SAM Deemed Status Program
Under this program, societies and organizations with a favorable history of ABR-approved SAM offerings may apply for SAM Deemed Status by the ABR. This status allows them to develop and implement, without prior ABR review, in-person (“live”) SAMs that satisfy certain ABR requirements. Those meeting the criteria may qualify their own SAMs.
Once an organization is granted SAM Deemed Status, it is subject to regular audits to ensure SAM materials are meeting ABR standards.
See the list of ABR Deemed Status Organizations here
If you need information about applying for SAM Deemed Status, please email firstname.lastname@example.org