American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Practice Improvement Modules (PIMS)

Before diplomates can sit for their recertification examination, they need to have 240 continuing medical education (CME) credits submitted and approved by ABOS, with at least 40 of these credits coming from self-assessment examinations (SAE). Participation in Practice Improvement Program Modules (PIMs) that are approved by the ABOS may be used to earn SAE credits.

Key Criteria for PIM approval by ABOS:

  • Includes four basic components of practice improvement: measure, assess and educate, plan improvement, and re‐measure.
  • Allows assessment of performance in practice for an orthopaedic topic, procedure, or diagnosis, and defines an appropriate time frame or volume of patient interaction to provide relevant information to assess performance.
  • Includes a mechanism for the diplomate to receive performance data and apply the results to improvement in practice.

ABOS Approved PIMS

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)

Supracondylar Humerus Fracture – Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA)

Should you have questions or concerns, contact Mona Saniei.

For organizations wishing to submit a PIM, the application can be found here.


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