Orthopedic Surgery & California CME Requirements

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

At a Glance

120 total hours every 3 years

By the end of year 6
120 CME/SAE Credits
By the end of year 10
1 Evidence of Performance in Practice Activity
Recertification Exam

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery requires 120 ACCME Category 1 CME/SAE credits by year 3 of the MOC cycle, and an additional 120 CME/SAE credits by the second 3 year cycle. At least 20 Credits out of the 120 must be SAE (Self Assessment Examinations) or equivalent activities. All of these credits must be on the subject of Orthopaedics or Orthopaedic subspecialties. The evidence of cognitive expertise exam occurs at 10-year intervals. PIP (Evidence of Performance in Practice) requires submission of a case list.

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Osteopathic Medical Board of California

At a Glance

100 total hours every 2 years

40 AOA Category 1-A or 1-B CME.
12 Pain Management And/Or Treatment of the Terminally Ill (One time requirement).

The Osteopathic Medical Board of California requires 100 hours of AMA Category 1 or AOA Category 1 or 2 CME. During this time, a minimum of forty (40) hours of the 100 hours must be American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Category 1A or 1B, and a maximum of 60 hours of Category 2A or 2B CME. Additionally, the Osteopathic Medical Board of California has a one-time requirement of 12 CME hours on pain management and the appropriate care and treatment of the terminally ill. The 12 hours may be any combination of pain management credits and appropriate care and treatment of the terminally credits. These hours may count towards the 50 hours for the current renewal cycle and must be completed by the physician's second license renewal date or within four years, whichever comes first. Pathology and Radiology specialists are exempt.

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Medical Board of California

At a Glance

50 total hours every 2 years

10 hours of Geriatric Care are required for General Internists and physicians with 25% or more of patients over the age of 65.
12 CME hours on Pain Management And Appropriate Treatment of the Terminally Ill (One-time requirement).

The Medical Board of California requires 50 CME hours every two years. The renewal period ends on the last day of the physician's birth month, every 2 years. Additionally, the Medical Board of California has a one-time requirement of 12 CME hours on pain management and the appropriate care and treatment of the terminally ill. Pathologists and Radiologists are exempt. The 12 hours may be any combination of pain management credits and appropriate care and treatment of the terminally credits. These hours may count towards the 50 hours for the current renewal cycle and must be completed by the physician's second license renewal date or within four years, whichever comes first.

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In this online self-assessment activity, you'll test your knowledge with more than 550 Orthopedic Surgery case-style review questions and earn CME credits as you go. Review your responses with detailed, evidence-based rationales with references and earn up to 54 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to meet your career requirements.

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Orthopedic Surgery CME

In this online self-assessment activity, you'll test your knowledge with more than 550 Orthopedic Surgery case-style review questions and earn CME credits as you go. Review your responses with detailed, evidence-based rationales with references and earn up to 54 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to meet your career requirements. Learn more.