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ACS Recertification Process New Requirements
Division of Trauma
20 May 2009
Dear Dr. X:In 2005 the American Board of Surgery (ABS) began the transition from traditional recertification to Maintenance of Certification (MOC), a continuous professional development program. ABS diplomates are enrolled in MOC once they certify or recertify in any specialty after July 1, 2005. Our records indicate that you certified in Surgical Critical Care on 10/03/2005 and therefore are currently enrolled in the ABS MOC Program. Diplomates enrolled in MOC must complete education and assessment activities throughout the 10-year certification cycle to maintain their certificate. In addition, diplomates are required to report to the ABS at three-year intervals regarding their MOC participation. MOC years run from July 1 to June 30, starting the July 1 following certification or recertification. As you entered MOC as of July 1, 2006, you are required to report to the ABS about your MOC activities by June 30, 2009.
To submit this information, go to the “My Records” section of the ABS website, www.absurgery.org. Log in with the username and password noted above, then click on “MOC Timeline” on the left. A personalized MOC timeline will appear, with a link at the top of the page to an “MOC Status Form.” This form must be completed in full and submitted online by June 30. No further action is required unless you are contacted by the ABS.
The form is to be completed with the following information: