Surgery & Iowa CME Requirements

  • American Board of Surgery

      • At a Glance

      • Ongoing participation in Quality Assessment Programs.
      • By the end of year 3

        • 90 Category 1 CME hours (min. 60 self assessment hours)
      • By the end of year 6

        • 90 Category 1 CME hours (min. 60 self assessment hours)
      • By the end of year 9

        • 90 Category 1 CME hours (min. 60 self assessment hours)
      • By the end of year 10

        • MOC Exam (years 8-10 only)

      The American Board of Surgery requires 90 Category 1 CME hours every 3 years.
      Of these hours, all must be on a subject relevant to the physician's practice and a minimum of 60 must be self-assessment activities, with a minimum score of 75%.
      Achieving certification or recertification wtih the ABS will automatically waive 60 credits of the self-assessment CME requirement.

      Source

  • Iowa Board of Medicine

      • At a Glance

        40 total hours every 2 years

      • 40 Category 1 Credits.
      • 2 Category 1 Credits of Chronic Pain Management, Every 5 Years, for Primary Care Physicians.
      • 2 Category 1 Credits of End-Of-Life Care, Every 5 Years, for Primary Care Physicians.

      The Iowa Board of Medicine requires 40 Category 1 CME hours over a 2 year renewal period. If more than 40 hours are accumulated, up to 20 may be carried over. The number of required Category 1 credits is pro-rated for anyone who holds a permanent or administrative medicine license that was issued for fewer than two full years.

      Physicians who provide primary care to patients are additionally required to complete 2 hours of Category 1 activities for chronic pain management and 2 hours of Category 1 activities for end-of-life care every five years.

      Source

Resources

    Pain Medicine Question Bank CME - $599

    Prepare for the ABA and ABPM Pain Medicine Exams while completing 45 Pain Medicine specific Category 1 CME credits.

    Surgery Question Bank CME - $599

    Earn up to 60 CME credits and 60 Surgery Self Assessment MOC credits while preparing for the ABS MOC exam. All questions, answers, and explanations are targeted to general surgery.

Continuing Education requirements change often. We monitor the boards regularly to stay current, but if any information appears out of date, contact us and let us know.