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In addition to meeting the requirements for Lifelong Learning, the activity must address at least one of the following topics:

  • Foundational knowledge (must include all of the following):
    • Epidemiology of error: should prepare physicians to discuss the key definitions that underpin current patient safety efforts
    • Fundamentals of patient safety improvement (e.g., plan, do, study, act or PDSA)
    • Culture of safety: should identify the specific elements, (i.e., the beliefs, attitudes, and values about work and risks) that contribute to safety culture
  • Prevention of adverse events (examples include, but are not limited to):
    • Prevention of healthcare acquired infections
    • Falls prevention
    • Teamwork and care coordination
    • Medication safety (e.g., medication reconciliation, safe use of analgesics and sedatives, identification and remediation of polypharmacy in the elderly)

Accredited CME activities may be registered for the following credit types:

  • Lifelong Learning (Part II)
  • Self-Assessment (Part II)
  • Patient Safety (Part II)
  • Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV)

Activities can be registered for multiple credit types, provided they meet the requirements outlined in the ABO Program Guide, with one exception: Activities cannot be registered for both Improvement in Medical Practice and Patient Safety.

  • The activity must be directly or jointly provided by a provider accredited by the ACCME.
  • The activity is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM in one of the following activity types: Course, Committee Learning, Enduring Material, Internet Activity (Enduring Material), Internet Live Course, Internet Searching and Learning, Journal-Based CME, Learning from Teaching, Manuscript Review, Performance Improvement, Regularly Scheduled Series, Test Item Writing, or Other.

The activity must:

  • Meet the requirements for Lifelong Learning
  • Include an evaluation component that measures the impact of the activity on the ABO Board-Certified physician learner’s (diplomate) knowledge, strategies/skills, performance, and/or patient outcomes
  • Include a minimum participation threshold demonstrating physician learners’ meaningful engagement in the activity
  • Provide feedback to the physician learner

In addition to the requirements outlined for Lifelong Learning, the activity must:

  • Address a quality or safety gap that is supported by a needs assessment or problem analysis, or support the completion of such a needs assessment as part of the activity
  • Address care, care processes, or systems of care in one or more of the National Academy of Medicine’s (formerly the Institute of Medicine) quality dimensions or one or more of the three Aims or six Priorities articulated in the National Quality Strategy
  • Have specific, measurable aim(s) and use measures appropriate to the aim(s) for improvement
  • Include interventions intended to result in improvement
  • Include appropriate data collection and analysis of performance data to assess the impact of the interventions

Yes, activities can be registered under multiple credit types provided they meet the requirements outlined in the ABO Program Guide with one exception. Activities may not be registered as both Improvement in Medical Practice and Patient Safety.

Yes, activities outside of ophthalmology may be registered for ABO MOC credit provided the activity is relevant to physicians certified by the ABO, as demonstrated by the professional practice gap(s) and content of the activity.

Each provider must have systems, resources, and processes in place to:

  • Collect and report the following data: ABO ID number, first name, last name, month and day of the date of birth, activity completion date, and credit type
  • Obtain permission from the learner to share the completion information with ACCME
  • Transmit the completion information to ACCME on behalf of the learner by December 31 annually

Each board-certified ophthalmologist has a five-digit ABO ID number. This number is not printed on diplomates’ certificates, nor is it the same as their membership number with a specialty society. If you do not have a physician’s ABO ID, you will need to get it from the physician. Diplomates can locate their ID number by logging into their MOC Status Page on the ABO website, abop.org, or by calling the ABO Business Office at (610) 664-1175 Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm ET.