Self-Assessment

Assess Your Knowledge, Plan to Improve

Self-assessment (SA) is a unique type of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity in which you learn material, self-test to identify knowledge gaps, and then make plans to improve or test again.

Visit our MOC details page to view MOC Program requirements for MOC Part II: Self-Assessment.

ABPMR MOC Requirements for Self-Assessment

Self-Assessment Requirements for MOC

The ABPMR MOC requirement for self-assessments is evaluated in stages depending on when you were last certified.

If your current certificate was issued prior to 2012, you need to complete four (4) ABPMR–approved self-assessments by the end of your 10-year cycle.

To stay on track, we recommend completing one (1) self-assessment every two years. Any Category 1 CME Credits associated with the SA also count towards your 300 total credits required for CME.

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If your current certificate was issued in 2012 or later, you need to complete 40 self-assessment credits every five years. To stay on track, we recommend completing 8 self-assessment credits per year.

Over time, this means you will complete 80 total Self-Assessment CME credits over the course of your 10-year MOC cycle. These 80 credits also count toward your 300 total credits required for CME.

Wondering how you’re keeping up with the recommended self-assessment credits? Click below to view your My MOC Status page.

My MOC Status

Self-Assessment Options

Where to Find ABPMR–approved Self-Assessments

There are two ways to find self-assessment activities that have been approved by the ABPMR:

  • ABMS MOC Directory

    Browse the ABPMR board page on the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) MOC Directory. This central repository of MOC activities is searchable by specialty area or part of MOC, including a link to search for ABPMR–approved self-assessment activities only.

    If you are certified in more than one specialty, this portal gives you access to other boards' approved activities as well - and remember, the ABPMR's reciprocity policy allows you to claim self-assessment credit for any SA activity you complete for a different board certification.

    The ABMS MOC Directory launched in 2015 and we anticipate it will continue to grow to include more CME providers and a greater diversity of activities.

    Browse ABMS Directory

  • Activities Submitted Directly to ABPMR

    Below is a list of self-assessment options that have all been submitted directly to the ABPMR and approved through our board (rather than being submitted through the ABMS MOC Directory). Please note:

    • Some of the activities below have also been submitted to the ABMS MOC Directory and will be listed in both locations.
    • Credit for any activity listed in the table below, regardless of whether it's also listed in the ABMS MOC Directory, will be automatically reported to the ABPMR from the sponsoring organization.
    • If you complete an activity approved through the ABMS MOC Directory only, you must email a copy of your self-assessment award certificate to moc@abpmr.org to get SA credit.
ABPMR-Approved Options Available CME Details Related Links
AAPM&R Self-Assessment Exam for Practitioners (SAE-P)

Multiple topics available

Varied - typically 8
  • SAE-Ps are available via AAPM&R's online learning portal
  • Instant feedback including the answer, commentary, and references for each self-assessment item
  • AAPM&R will provide the ABPMR with verification of completed SAE-Ps
AANEM Self-Assesment Examinations (SAEs)

Multiple topics available

Varied
  • The SAEs are offered in varied format including a yearly proctored setting and online all year
  • AANEM will provide the ABPMR with verification of SAEs
Applied Quality Essentials (Mayo-SAP)
10
  • The Mayo SAP aims to evaluate the physician's knowledge in quality improvement concepts and methods
  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ will be awarded if the participant achieves a score ≥80% correct answers on either Test A or Test B
  • Mayo will provide the ABPMR with verification of completion
Mayo Clinic’s Annual Electromyography (EMG), Electroencephalography (EEG), and Neurophysiology in Clinical Practice Course
4/Self-Assessment
  • The module uses two 50-question self-assessment activities to evaluate the diplomate's knowledge in broad-based clinically relevant EMG/EEG topics
  • Post-tests would be completed in conjunction with attendance at a live course which is given annually
  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ will be awarded if the participant achieves a score of ≥80% correct
  • Mayo Clinic will provide the ABPMR with verification of completion
National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Patient Safety Curriculum
10
  • The NPSF Online Patient Safety Curriculum is a 10-module, self-paced course that provides fundamental background and essential knowledge about the science of patient safety, systems thinking and design, measurement and outcomes, risk management, policy and regulatory matters, and other relevant topics
  • The modules are aligned with educational standards for patient safety competencies and anchored by didactic audio/PowerPoint lectures given by a distinguished faculty of patient safety leaders and experts
  • Also included are recommended readings, videos, and quizzes to focus learners on key patient safety principles
  • By completing all modules of the course, physicians may earn CME credits. SA credit will be applied by contacting the ABPMR and supplying your CME award certificate
Advanced Training Program on the Safe Use of Fluoroscopy

FluoroSafety

1/Self-Assessment or 8 SAE Credits
  • Course consists of 3 modules
  • This course teaches basic radiation physics, basic fluoroscopy physics, radiation biology, radiation safety, as well as advanced fluoroscopic physics, advanced techniques for dose reduction, and special patient considerations
  • Verification of completion will be provided directly to the ABPMR. You must provide your ABPMR certificate # when prompted to enter your ID.
Establishing a Fluoroscopy Patient Safety Program

FluoroSafety

1/Self-Assessment or 2.5 SAE Credits
  • Course consists of a singe module
  • This course teaches all necessary patient considerations related to maintaining patient safety with respect to the risks associated with ionizing radiation in the fluoroscopy suite
  • Verification of completion will be provided directly to the ABPMR. You must provide your ABPMR certificate # when prompted to enter your ID.

Self-Assessment Reporting

How to Report Completed Self-Assessments

If the SAE you completed is on our list of options above, the sponsoring organization automatically notifies the ABPMR of your work and then we update your "My MOC Status" page.

Organization Data Reporting

If the SAE you completed is on our list of options above, the sponsoring organization automatically notifies the ABPMR of your work, then we update your My MOC Status page. NOTE: The one exception is the National Patient Safety Foundation activity, which needs to be self-reported.

Remember to allow ample time for the notification to reach ABPMR; reporting frequency varies per organization.

Self-Reporting

If you found an ABPMR-approved SAE through the ABMS MOC Directory and it is not on the list above, you must email a copy of your self-assessment certificate to moc@abpmr.org. Once we confirm the certificate, we will update your "My MOC Status" page.