Maintenance of Certification for Interventional Radiology

Part 2: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment

Last verified on January 3, 2023



SA-CME Requirement Eliminated for OLA Participants

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.

Please see our recent blog for more information.



SA-CME Activities

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 Continuing Certification Directory.
1When 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 (ending 12/31/2022)

2022 will be the final year that we will require diplomates completing their OLA annual progress requirement to complete self-assessment CME (SA-CME). As a result, the ABR’s SAM Deemed Status Program will end 12/31/2022. Please see our recent blog for more information.
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