Accreditation Council for CME and American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Collaborate to Promote Physicians’ Lifelong Learning and High-Quality Patient Care

Collaboration Expands Options for ABOHNS Board-Certified Physicians to Participate in Continuing Medical Education that Counts for Maintenance of Certification

Chicago, IL and Houston, TX

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) and the American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS) are pleased to announce a new collaboration to expand opportunities for ABOHNS Board-Certified Physicians to receive Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits by participating in accredited continuing medical education (CME).

The collaboration is designed to increase the number and diversity of accredited CME activities that meet the requirements for ABOHNS MOC and to streamline the process for accredited CME providers and ABOHNS Board-Certified Physicians.

The ACCME and ABOHNS share a commitment to promoting safe, high-quality patient care and to supporting physicians’ lifelong participation in meaningful and relevant learning activities that can be integrated into the physician’s normal workflow.

The collaboration with ABOHNS continues the ACCME’s commitment to supporting the goals of MOC 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 Pathology (ABPath), and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).

A Simpler, Unified Process

  • All accredited CME providers in the ACCME System are now welcome to register their activities in the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) for ABOHNS MOC. Activities with a start date of on or after January 1, 2018 are eligible. The requirement to receive previous approval from ABOHNS has been eliminated.
  • ABOHNS Board-Certified Physicians can earn MOC credits for Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (Part II) and Patient Safety by participating in accredited CME that meets the ABOHNS MOC requirements.
  • CME activities registered for ABOHNS MOC will display in CME Finder, a publicly available, online CME search tool that offers a one-stop resource for physicians seeking to earn Maintenance of Certification credits by participating in accredited CME. 


Leadership Comments

“We are excited to work with CME providers to recognize your activities for Maintenance of Certification credit for our ABOHNS Board-Certified Physicians.”—Brian Nussenbaum, MD, MHCM and Executive Director of the American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS)

“We celebrate our collaboration because it will generate more opportunities for our community of educators to deliver relevant, effective, independent, practice-based education that counts for ABOHNS MOC. By working together, ABOHNS, accredited CME providers, and ABOHNS Board-Certified Physicians can leverage the power of education to drive quality in our medical profession and improve care for the patients we all serve.”—Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) 



CME that Counts for ABOHNS MOC webpage

Accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) that Counts for ABOHNS Maintenance of Certification (MOC): Requirements for Accredited Providers



Accredited CME providers: Please contact

ABOHNS Board-Certified Physicians: Please contact


ACCME Media Inquiries

Tamar Hosansky

Megan Peters Jovic


ABOHNS Media Inquiries

Diana Harrell



The American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS) is the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member board that certifies otolaryngologists. The mission of the ABOHNS is to serve the public by assuring that, at the time of initial certification and during maintenance of certification, ABOHNS Board-Certified Physicians have met the professionally-set standards of training and knowledge in otolaryngology—head and neck surgery. There are approximately 10,800 otolaryngologists who are currently board certified by the ABOHNS. With the introduction of maintenance of certification (MOC) by the ABOHNS in 2002, currently approximately half of the ABOHNS Board-Certified Physicians have non-time limited certificates whereas the other half have time-limited initial certification. The MOC cycle for ABOHNS Board-Certified Physicians is 10 years in length. 


The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, responsible for accrediting organizations that offer continuing medical education (CME) and for recognizing state medical societies as accreditors of local CME programs.

The ACCME sets standards for CME that reflect the values of the educator community and aim to accelerate learning, inspire change, and champion improvement in healthcare. These standards ensure that accredited CME is designed to be relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence. Through participation in accredited CME, clinicians and teams drive improvement in their practice and optimize the care, health, and wellness of their patients.

Accredited CME facilitates engagement with physicians and healthcare teams where they live, learn, and work. There are approximately 1,800 accredited CME providers within the ACCME System, across the country and internationally, representing a range of organizations including medical schools, hospitals/health systems, government/military agencies, specialty societies, and insurance/managed-care companies. Accredited providers offer about 163,000 activities each year, comprising more than one million hours of instruction and including more than 28 million interactions with physicians and other healthcare professionals.

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