Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment
Physicians seeking to maintain their certification must participate in life-long learning and self-assessment programs that meet specialty-specific standards that are set by their specific Member Board.
Individual Member Boards have different requirements in the following general areas. Note that not all Member Boards have a specified requirement for each of these:
- Proof of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit over the period of certification. This ranges from an average of 15-50 credits per year.
- Self-assessment or learning modules which focus on various aspects of clinical care. Some Member Boards require completion of one or more specialty-specific modules. Additionally, many Member Boards require diplomats to complete Communication and Patient Safety Modules. Timeframe for completion of these modules vary as well, with many Member Boards requiring completion of a module at specified intervals during the certification period.
- Literature review of specialty-specific articles that provide evidence-based, up-to-date data germane to current clinical practice. Typically, post-review self-assessment tests or other attestation of completion must be completed with a required minimum performance on post-review activities such as post-tests.