The Diplomate April 2015
This past month the ABOS has begun to implement a new communication plan for our organization. This plan is focused on providing more frequent, yet concise and to the point, electronic communications to assist ABOS diplomates with their practices and provide information important for certification. Some of these emails will be reminders about upcoming deadlines while others, like this one, contain articles from our team about the ABOS or the orthopaedic field in general.
Some of you may opt-out of receiving these emails/newsletters, but please note that if you do opt-out you may miss critical information about your certification. We also emphasize the importance that you log into your password protected portal at www.abos.org and to be sure your contact information is correct.
Lastly, we want to hear from you about how we can best communicate with you, our diplomates, please contact Aaron White, ABOS’s Chief Operating Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions.
Sanford E. Emery MD, MBA
President, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Executive Director Report:
The recent AAOS meeting in Las Vegas seemed well attended, especially the ABOS booth that was staffed during the entire meeting. Mostly it appeared that AAOS fellows were curious about their status with MOC and some had genuine issues that needed attention. There is still a measure of confusion surrounding MOC and the various requirements and deadlines.
The availability of person-to-person help at the annual AAOS meeting is now 9 years and shows no sign of ending. The ABOS will continue to have a staff presence for information and assistance to our diplomates at future AAOS annual meetings. At future AAOS meetings there will be more material available for self-help by ABOS diplomates as well as more interactive use of the online connections.
In the outside media world there is a great deal of attention paid to issues between the American Board of Internal Medicine and their diplomates. ABOS feels that the argument centers about issues unique to Internal Medicine specialists and their certifying Board. ABOS recognizes that there is lingering concerns about the MOC process for orthopaedic surgeons and the Board of Directors issued a statement that will guide changes in the MOC process that are focused on the individual circumstances of an orthopaedic surgeon’s practice, simplifying the MOC process, adding value for participating and willingness to listen to diplomates on this and related issues.
An opinion piece written by ABOS president Sanford Emery was published in the special AAOS NOW at the opening of this year’s meeting. His discussion highlighted how the ABOS has simplified the MOC procedure since starting in 2010, how costs have been flat over the past 6 years and how future changes will reduce the workload for participation. Future editions of AAOS NOW will revisit the changes coming in future years of certification and MOC. . (Click here for the full article http://www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/apr15/clinical4.asp)
I made several presentations at the meeting last month included 2 on MOC and one on the entire certifying process. The discussions I had with candidates and diplomates were helpful to me and the content of those discussions will be presented to the Board of Directors at an upcoming meeting. Of primary concern is trying to clarify and simplify the MOC process, while communicating with candidates and diplomates in a straight forward manner. Costs of MOC always come up in discussion and are always a matter of concern for the Board of Directors.
And though the ABOS is not the same as the AAOS, relations between the organizations are cooperative in trying to communicate with our fellows and diplomates. The Task Force set up in 2004 is still functioning as a source of input into MOC changes from the AAOS and its affiliates. The collaboration is meeting and conferencing several times a year and welcomes input from orthopaedic surgeons concerning issues of both certification and MOC.
Shepard R. Hurwitz, MD
May 1, 2015 is the deadline for submission of all requirements for diplomates planning to take the recertification examination in 2016. Diplomates with certificates expiring December 31, 2016 must take the examination in 2016 to avoid a lapse in certification.
* Diplomates with certificates expiring in 2017 are eligible to take the examination one year earlier if all requirements have been met.
* Diplomates with certificates that expire in 2018 are eligible to take the examination two years earlier if all requirements have been met.
Taking the recertification examination early does not change the diplomate’s certificate expiration cycle. For example, if a diplomate whose certificate expires in 2017 takes and passes the examination in 2016, your certificate will remain current through 2027. If a diplomate whose certificate expires in 2018 takes and passes the examination in 2016, your certificate will remain current through 2028.
Additionally, if a diplomate takes the recertification exam early in either 2016 or 2017 and does not pass that exam that diplomate remains certified based on the original date of certification. If for instance, if a diplomate with a certification expiration date of 2017 takes the exam in 2016 and fails the examination, that diplomate is still certified through 2017 and may apply for the exam again the following year to maintain certification. Likewise, if a diplomate with a certification expiration date of 2018 takes the exam in 2016 and fails the examination, that diplomate is still certified through 2018 and may apply for the exam again the following year.
IMPORTANT: Diplomates with certificate’s expiring in 2016 have only one 3 year cycle of 120 Category 1 CME, 20 of which must be SAE. Diplomates with certificates expiring in 2017 and after have two 3 year cycles of Category 1 CME, 20 of which must be SAE. (NOTE: CMEs and SAEs must be documented by uploading certificates/transcripts through a diplomates password protected portal.)
All diplomates regardless of certification year are required to submit a 3 month case list to take the computer examination or a 6 month case list to take the oral examination. These cases are entered under the diplomate’s login under the “Scribe” area, and please remember to “finalize” the list. Notarization is no longer required but a signed certification by the medical records director must be uploaded for each hospital or surgery center.
Application for recertification are submitted online with links to upload verification information from hospitals and surgery centers. Please ensure the contact information provided for references, particularly email addresses, are accurate to avoid delays in processing of your application. (NOTE: Pease remember to finalize your application,)
Specifics questions may be emailed to the ABOS as follows:
CME/SAE: Brenda Kulp (email@example.com)
3 month case list for computer examination: Denise Scarboro (firstname.lastname@example.org)
6 month case list for oral examination: Denise Frazier (email@example.com)
Applications: Kim Grover (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reminder emails have been sent to all diplomates who have an upcoming expiration of their certification and for which the ABOS has valid email addresses. We also emphasize the importance that you log into your password protected portal at www.abos.org and to be sure your contact information is correct. This will assist the ABOS in our ability to reach you with important communications.