How to Maintain Certification

Structure of the CM Process

The ABOMS Certification Maintenance (CM) process will change beginning January 2020. CM runs in 10-year cycles. Each year, Diplomates with time-limited certificates are required to complete a portion of the program. Diplomates must continuously meet the CM requirements or they may jeopardize their certification.

The CM process requires certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons to maintain current competence through ongoing professional education provided through national meetings, seminars, lectures, special courses, panels, symposia, and self-assessment tools.

CM is an evolving process and the requirements outlined below may be modified as the needs of the specialty and the public change. 

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Description of the CM Process

Professional Standing

Each year, the Diplomate must provide evidence of professional standing by submitting his/her Annual Registration (AR). It is a yearly online application where Diplomates must provide attestations of professional standing by answering a series of credentialing questions. The Diplomate may jeopardize his/her certification if he/she does not successfully complete his/her AR. The total cost for Annual Registration each year is $300.

Lifelong Learning

Diplomates with time limited certificates are required to attest to having 20 hours of continuing education recognized by ADA CERP or AMA certified each year on the Diplomate’s AR application. This question will be presented to the doctor on their 2021 Annual Registration form where the surgeon will attest to having completed 30 hours of CE in the past year. 

In addition to a Diplomate’s CE attestation, the doctor is required to answer questions from two referenced articles every year. Due to copywrite issues, articles are not available by ABOMS, rather, the reference is provided for the doctor to use while answering questions. A Diplomate must answer 100% of the questions correctly to successfully meet this requirement and can re-take the questions if needed. This component of CM is available year-round on Diplomate profiles.

Evaluation of Performance in Practice

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. Diplomate’s must attest to having an active OAE (or alternative pathways are available through ABOMS) in addition to acknowledging other quality improvement (QI) initiatives listed on their Diplomate profiles. Diplomates with time limited certificates are required to complete this step twice during a 10 year certificate during years five and ten. A list of QI examples will be provided online in the coming weeks. 

Cognitive Expertise

Diplomates are required to complete questions from two clinical case scenarios during years three, six and nine of their time limited certificate. Clinical case questions focus on treatment and terminology that reflect modern management of oral and maxillofacial surgery. A Diplomate must answer 80% of the questions correctly to successfully meet this requirement and can re-take the questions if needed.

Upon meeting each of these components in the CM process, a new certificate will be issued to the Diplomate once his/her current certificate expires. The new certificate will certify the Diplomate for ten years following the expiration of his/her current certificate.

The 2020 CM handbook will be provided online soon.

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