ACCME and American Board of Surgery Announce Collaboration to Promote High-Quality Learning for Surgeons

The ACCME and the American Board of Surgery (ABS) are pleased to announce a new collaboration that will enable accredited CME providers to register activities for ABS Continuous Certification in the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). The collaboration will launch in 2020 and we will provide more details as they become available.

After the collaboration launches, all accredited CME providers in the ACCME System will be welcome to register activities that meet ABS Continuous Certification requirements and to submit learner completion data in PARS. Activities will be displayed in CME Finder, the online search tool for physicians looking for CME activities that meet continuous certification and other professional requirements. Learner completion data will be transmitted directly from the ACCME to the ABS, simplifying the process for ABS diplomates.

The ACCME and the ABS share a commitment to providing flexible, high-quality, practice-relevant learning and assessment to support surgeons in their practice and to promote safe, and effective patient care. With this collaboration, the ACCME and ABS aim to increase the number and diversity of accredited CME activities that meet the requirements for ABS Continuous Certification and to streamline the process for ABS diplomates and for accredited CME providers.

The collaboration with the ABS continues the ACCME’s commitment to supporting physicians’ commitment to lifelong learning and to easing burdens on physicians by enabling them to meet multiple professional requirements by participating in accredited CME. The ACCME has also developed collaborations with these American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member boards: the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO), the American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS), the American Board of Pathology (ABPath), and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). For more information, visit CME in Support of MOC.