New Opportunity: Earn ABOHNS Continuing Certification credit with accredited CME

November 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 10

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS) have collaborated to expand opportunities for ABOHNS Board-Certified Physicians to receive Continuing Certification (formerly known as Maintenance of Certification or MOC) credit for the high-quality accredited continuing medical education (CME) activities you are already participating in—including many of the activities offered by the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF).

Brian Nussenbaum, MD, MHCM, Executive Director of the American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery

Our goal is to increase the number and diversity of practice-relevant accredited CME activities that include a self-assessment component to meet the requirements for ABOHNS Continuing Certification and to reduce burdens—so that you can focus on education and learning, not on paperwork. Diplomates of the ABOHNS are required to complete one self-assessment activity each year. This can be accomplished with successful participation in CertLink or through completion of one of the CME activities also accredited for Continuing Certification credit through this collaboration between the ACCME and the ABOHNS. This improves alignment of learning activities that diplomates are already doing with Continuing Certification requirements.

CME + Continuing Certification: A simpler, unified process

Accredited CME activities are identified with the ABOHNS Continuing Certification Recognition Statement. You can search in CME Finder (, the ACCME’s online search tool, for CME activities that count for ABOHNS Continuing Certification. The AAO-HNSF currently has more than 50 activities available, with the number continuing to increase.

Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

Accredited CME providers will need to ask for your ABOHNS diplomate ID and date of birth (month and day only) to report this credit. You may also need to click a button or otherwise agree to have your participation information sent to ACCME. Your CME provider will transmit your participation information to the ACCME, and it then will be made available to ABOHNS; you do not need to report the participation to ABOHNS.

Jeffrey P. Simons, MD, Coordinator for Education, American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation

AAO-HNSF Opportunities for Continuing Certification

The AAO-HNSF has registered many of their activities for ABOHNS Lifelong Learning in CME Finder. Academy members can also access these courses through Member+, an affordable subscription model of 200 CME courses for the price of one.

The AAO-HNSF 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience held in New Orleans, LA, also provided full conference attendees the opportunity to earn up to 29 CME/MOC credits. As a bonus, 27 Annual Meeting Webcasts are available for enduring CME/MOC credit by completing the online course, posttest, and evaluation. All of these courses can be found at

Working Together

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

The collaboration with ABOHNS continues the ACCME’s commitment to supporting the goals of continuing certification 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 member boards: the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Board of Pathology, and the American Board of Pediatrics.

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Look for the ABOHNS Continuing Certification Recognition Statement

The ABOHNS Continuing Certification Recognition Statement will be included in accredited CME activities that count for ABOHNS Continuing Certification credit:

“Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn their required annual part II self-assessment credit in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s Continuing Certification program (formerly known as MOC). It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of recognizing participation.”