Maintenance of Certification

The Academy Is Your Source for Lifelong Learning

Obtaining the appropriate amount of CME credits and preparing for your secure "recertification" exam can be challenging. The Academy is committed to providing the CME resources you need to plan and manage your MOC process.

The online AAOS Learning Portfolio will help you check your progress by showing you how many CME credits you need and when.
The Learning Portfolio tracks your earned CME year by year (sample shown on right).
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Click here to plan and manage your Learning Portfolio page.


Register for MOC

If you have a time-limited certificate you should be registered as a participant in MOC. Even if you have a lifetime certificate, you should be registered as a participant in MOC.

Follow the directions under the “How to Sign Up for MOC” section the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) website at to log in and make certain you are a registered participant of MOC.

Registration information from ABOS


MOC Requirements

In general, the 10-year MOC process requires that you:

  • Obtain a total of 240 orthopaedic related AMA PRA Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits in the first 6 years, preferably 120 credits in each of two consecutive 3-year cycles

  • Include a minimum of 40 credits of Scored and Recorded Self-Assessment Examination(s) within the total 240 CME credits required in the first 6 years, preferably 20 credits from SAEs for each 3-year cycle

  • Complete a secure cognitive examination

If your certification expires in 2016 or sooner, the ABOS has customized a schedule for you to follow to earn the requisite CME within an abbreviated cycle of recertification. Contact the ABOS at 919-929-7103 or view your MOC timeline on the ABOS website to learn about your specific requirements.

Recertification schedule information from ABOS

    State Licensing Requirements

    Your state CME credits requirements for licensure may be different from the ABOS MOC program requirements. Here are two resources from the American Medical Association to assist you with your state licensing requirements:

    Links to State Medical Boards

    CME for Licensure

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