Maintenance of Certification

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) requires physicians engaged in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process to pursue a series of educational activities in a 10-year cycle to maintain Board Certification.

Be Sure to 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.

Beginning in August 2013, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) began to publish on their websites the names of diplomates who have registered to participate in MOC. This information is available to the public, hospital administrators, and state officials. If your licensure or credentialing requires MOC participation, your name should appear on that list. Follow the directions under the “How to Sign Up for MOC” section at to log in to make certain you are a registered participant of MOC.

MOC Requirements

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

Obtain 120 orthopaedic related AMA PRA Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits in each of two consecutive 3-year cycles, totaling 240 credits over 6 years, and

Include a minimum of 20 credits of Scored and Recorded Self-Assessment Examination(s) within the total 120 CME credits required for each 3-year cycle, and

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 at the ABOS web site to learn about your specific requirements and related

The Academy Can Help

Obtaining the appropriate amount of CME and preparing for the secure “recertification” examination require careful planning. As you proceed through the MOC process, you can rely on the comprehensive educational programs and services available through your Academy to support your efforts. To track how much CME you have earned from Academy-accredited programs, or to add recently acquired CME from other sources, visit the AAOS Learning Portfolio – a member benefit – at

Scored and Recorded Self-Assessment Resources

Evaluate your knowledge and satisfy the new MOC requirements for Scored and Recorded Self-Assessment with the Academy’s selection of Scored and Recorded Self-Assessment examinations.

CME Resources

To find a vast selection of educational products offering CME in all clinical areas of orthopaedics to help you obtain your required total, visit the Academy’s online store. Additionally, the Academy’s OrthoPortal offers hundreds of AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™ on a wide selection of orthopaedic clinical and non-clinical topics. These activities and programs can help fulfill the CME requirements mandated by the ABOS Maintenance of Certification process.

Recertification and Board Exam Preparation Resources

Prepare for your secure examination to successfully achieve MOC with these Academy resources: