Surgery & Washington 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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  • Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission

      • At a Glance

        200 total hours every 4 years

      • Maximum of 80 Category 2 Credits.
      • Maximum of 80 Category 3 Credits.
      • Maximum of 80 Category 4 Credits.

      The Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission requires 200 Category 1 CME hours every 4 years. Of these, a maximum of 80 hours may be Category 2, a maximum of 80 may be earned for serving as an instructor of medical students (Category 3, and a maximum of 80 may be earned through papers, publications, books, or exhibits (Category 4). The commission will also accept certification or recertification by a specialty board as the equivalent of two hundred hours of continuing medical education.

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  • Washington Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery

      • At a Glance

        150 total hours every 3 years

      • 60 Category 1-A CME

      The Washington State Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery requires 150 CME credits every 3 years, of which a minimum of 60 must be Category 1-A 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.