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ACS Accreditation/Verification Program CME Requirements

Physicians practicing at facilities participating in ACS Accreditation/Verification programs may be subject to Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements. Please find a summary of the ACS Accreditation/Verification CME requirements below. Individuals may meet these requirements with relevant AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ awarded by any institution. It is the responsibility of the individual to verify that the content meets the specific requirement. 

Accreditation or Verification Program

Required Credit Hours

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)—Bariatric

The Medical Director (MBS) and verified surgeon must complete 24 hours of bariatric-focused CME every three years.

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)—Breast

All physicians participating in NAPBC programs must complete two (2) hours of breast-focused CME annually. (If a physician is providing genetics counseling and evaluation, then that physician must complete an additional two (2) hours of genetics-related CME each year.)

Commission on Cancer (CoC)—Cancer

Physicians participating in CoC accreditation programs who are not ABS-certified, must complete 12 cancer-focused CME annually.

New standards expected in 2020.

Children’s Surgery Verification—Pediatric

The Medical Director of Children’s Surgery (MDCS) and Medical Director of Children’s Anesthesia (MDCA) must complete 12 hours of pediatric surgery-focused CME annually (36 hours over three years). The CME requirement also applies for providers who do not currently have their primary ABMS board, and for providers on the “alternative pathway” for anesthesiology, radiology, or emergency medicine.

Trauma Quality Improvement Program Pediatric (TQIP Pediatric)—Pediatric Trauma

In Level I and II pediatric trauma centers, the pediatric TMD must obtain and demonstrate a minimum of 36 hours of verifiable external trauma-related continuing medical education (CME) over a 3-year period. They can be accumulated at 12 hours annually.

Nine (9) of the hours must be specific to pediatric trauma.

Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP)—Trauma

In Level I and II trauma centers, the   TMD must obtain and demonstrate a minimum of 36 hours of verifiable external trauma-related continuing medical education (CME) over a 3-year period. They can be accumulated at 12 hours annually.

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