Certification Maintenance

Are you an ABOMS Diplomate and have questions regarding the Certification Maintenance process? Look here to find answers to commonly asked questions.

Why did the Board decide to change the CM process?

During its meetings in 2016, the Board reviewed the ABOMS Certification Maintenance (CM) process for relevance and consistency. ABOMS has adopted objectives designed to improve the CM process by creating a more meaningful and engaging program. With the aim of developing a CM process that is both contemporary and educational, the ABOMS eliminated the high stakes examination after its 2019 administration.

Where can I find what is required each year?

Diplomate profiles will always show a Diplomate the requirements for each year. You can also view the diagram below to view requirements for each year, depending on when your certificate expires.

Where can I locate the articles for each assessment?

ABOMS cannot provide Diplomates with the full articles referenced in each of the assessments because of copyright laws. Understanding that this may be challenging, the Board hopes you already have subscriptions to many of these outlets.

If you are a member of AAOMS, you may have access to the JOMS through your membership with the association. We encourage you to login to your AAOMS profile and visit the Member Center to learn more.

When does the CM Program close?

Certification Maintenance is an ongoing process. Each year, a Diplomate is required to complete a portion of CM. The process opens in January and closes December 31 of each year.

How many CE hours are required each year?

A Diplomate will attest to completing 20 hours of CE from January to December of every year. The attestations will be collected during Annual Registration.

What does Evidence of Performance in Practice mean?

Quality improvement initiatives and an up-to-date Office Anesthesia Evaluation (OAE) by AAOMS or a jurisdictional licensing body is required to successfully meet this component of CM in years five and ten of a Diplomate's certificate. Diplomate’s must attest to having an active OAE (or alternative pathways available through ABOMS). The attestation will be displayed on Diplomate profiles listed under Dues and Renewals.

In addition to an OAE attestation, a Diplomate will also be asked to attest to quality improvement initiatives. The question will be listed as follows.

Have you completed quality improvement initiatives? Each year, a percentage of certificates will be audited. If audited, the Board will ask you to answer the four questions listed on the QI Audit form.

The audit form questions are as follows:

  • What is your clinical improvement project?
  • What were you trying to measure?
  • What were your results?
  • Did you make a change in your practice on your clinical improvement project? If so, how?

Policies and Statements

Policies and Statements

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Certificate Years corresponding to diagram

For example, if your certificate expires in 2026 and it's currently 2020, you would be on Year 4 because you are 4 years into your 10-year certificate span. Then in 2021, you would be on Year 5, and so on.

Year 1:   2029

Year 2:   2028

Year 3:   2027

Year 4:   2026

Year 5:    2025

Year 6:   2024

Year 7:   2023

Year 8:   2022

Year 9:   2021

Year 10:  2020