Are you an ABOMS Diplomate and have questions regarding the Certification Maintenance process? Look here to find answers to commonly asked questions.
Note: The FAQ section is currently being updated to reflect the new CM changes. Please check back later this year for updated information.
If your questions are still not answered, please contact the administrative office at (312) 642-0070.
The CM process begins immediately after initial certification with maintenance of an unrestricted professional license and current hospital privileges. The Diplomate will attest to these CM components during Annual Registration of each year. A Diplomate must complete the remaining components (Continuing Education, Office Anesthesia Evaluation and Recertification Examination) of CM during his/her last 3 years of Board certification.
Diplomates with time limited certificates must maintain continuous hospital privileges that permit the OMS to perform core procedures in oral and maxillofacial surgery. A hospital is an institution primarily engaged in providing, by or under the supervision of physician, in patient diagnostic and therapeutic services or rehabilitation services; and is accredited by the Joint Commission or approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Privileges at an ambulatory surgery are acceptable if it is associated with a hospital where the Diplomate maintains surgical privileges.
You are not required to participate in ER trauma coverage as part of the CM process. Assignment to a maxillofacial trauma roster is determined by individual hospital policies and not by ABOMS.
A Diplomate who does not have hospital privileges must complete the alternative pathway form called the Continuity of Care Plan. He/She can locate this form under his/her Diplomate profile or contact the ABOMS at 312-642-0070.
The Diplomate must have 90 hours of ADA CERP or AMA CME continuing education credits in the past three years at the time he/she completes his/her Recertification Examination application. 30 of the 90 hours may be Category 2 as recognized by the AMA ACCME.
The Diplomate will attest to having all 90 hours of CE at the time he/she completes his/her application. The Diplomate will only need to submit his/her CE records if they are included in the ABOMS CM audit.
In 2017, the Board made the COMSSAT optional and complimentary for all Diplomates who are eligible in the CM process.
The RE is a three-hour-long computer-based examination that must be completed by the 10th anniversary of the most recent certificate date in order for the Diplomate to maintain certification.
The RE is a clinically focused examination composed of 150 questions. An examination blueprint is available in the CM handbook for individuals taking the examination.
The Recertification Examination is given once a year at a Pearson VUE testing centers.
The Performance in Practice requirement can be met by satisfactory completion of the Office Anesthesia Evaluation program administered by AAOMS or a jurisdictional licensing body. Alternative pathways are available under the Diplomate’s profile for those who do not participate in this program.
The Diplomate will attest to having completed the Performance in Practice requirement or alternative pathway at the time he/she complete his/her application. The Diplomate will only need to submit his/her CE records if they are included in the ABOMS CM audit.
For more information, please download the Certification Maintenance Handbook.
If you require special accommodations, review the ABOMS policy.
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