Surgery & North Carolina CME Requirements

  • American Board of Surgery

      • At a Glance

      • Ongoing participation in Quality Assessment Programs.
      • Continuous Certification Assessment (required every other year)
      • By the end of year 5

        • 150 Category 1 CME hours (min. 50 self-assessment hours)
      • By the end of year 10

        • 150 Category 1 CME hours (min. 50 self-assessment hours)
      • By the end of year 15

        • 150 Category 1 CME hours (min. 50 self-assessment hours)

      The American Board of Surgery requires 150 Category 1 CME hours every 5 years.
      Of these hours, all must be on a subject relevant to the physician's practice and a minimum of 50 must be self-assessment activities, with a minimum score of 75%.
      This requirement will change to 125 CME credits with no self-assessment required when diplomates pass their first Continuous Certification Assessment (see below); the ABS will also waive 60 credits of CME with self-assessment for passing a secure exam, such as the Qualifying Examination in an ABS specialty. The Continuous Certification Assessment is required every other year; grace year may be granted.

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  • North Carolina Medical Board

      • At a Glance

        60 total hours every 3 years

      • 60 Category 1 Credits in Area of Practice.
      • 3 Controlled Substances.

      The North Carolina Medical Board requires 60 Category 1 CME credits in topics relevant to their area of practice. Those holding a residency training license are exempt from this requirement. Physicians are not required to report any Category 2 CME. As of July 1, 2017, every physician who prescribes controlled substances (except those holding a residency training license), shall complete at least three hours of Controlled Substances CME in addition to the 60 Category 1 CME credits.

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Resources

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 We monitor the boards regularly to stay current, but if any information appears out of date, contact us and let us know.