American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Portfolio Program

Multispecialty Portfolio Program

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). The Multispecialty Portfolio Program is one way diplomates can earn these SAE credits. 

Like many of the specialty boards, the ABOS participates in the Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). ABMS acts as a clearinghouse on behalf of the participating specialty boards. It approves organizations that want to become sponsors and then receives sponsor projects and forwards to specialty boards for approval. Most of the sponsors are hospital systems and the physicians who have privileges at those hospital systems can participate in the projects to earn SAE credits. In order to earn SAE credits, the project must be orthopaedic related, similar to CME credits. Even if a project is approved by ABMS, if it is not orthopaedic related, you will not earn SAE credits.

As with all SAEs, these projects are intended to measure a diplomate’s individual learning needs and provide avenues for quality improvements. Projects are designed for physician participation with the goal of improving their patient outcomes. Many of the portfolio projects are those that the hospital facility already requires of their physicians. Physicians can now receive credit from ABOS for their participation in these projects. 

If you have any questions regarding the portfolio program or SAE in general, please email Brenda Kulp

If your organization would like to become a sponsor, please contact ABMS.

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