Clinical Congress attendees—whether in person or virtual—have an expansive menu of high-quality sessions in which they can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits and meet content, compliance, and site survey regulatory requirements.
Topics are offered in all surgical specialties and for surgeons at all career levels.
This year, the ACS has designated the In-Person (Live and On Demand) Clinical Congress for a maximum of 245.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and the Virtual (Live-Streaming and On-Demand) Clinical Congress for a maximum of 196.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Claims for CME credit will be accepted until May 1, 2023. Residents and allied health professionals are eligible for a Certificate of Completion.
As you peruse the Interactive Program Planner and plan your schedule for Clinical Congress, you can use the following as a guide.
Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates
Certain state licensing boards have established specific content requirements for CME credit. State requirements may include: Behavioral Health (BH), Cultural Competency (CC), End-of-Life Care (EoLC), Ethics (E), Opioid/Pain Management (OPM), Palliative Care (PA), Patient Safety (PtS), and Risk Management (RM).
Clinical Congress sessions that may address state-specific content are designated as Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates using the abbreviations listed above. When claiming CME credit for these sessions, you can elect to include the Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates, and it will be documented as part of your CME Certificate and Clinical Congress Transcript. Check with your state medical board to verify that the content does meet the specific requirements.
Self-Assessment credit will be available for some sessions and courses and requires successful completion of a posttest. The process of earning Self-Assessment credit is voluntary and is not a prerequisite to claiming CME credit.
Self-Assessment credit counts toward American Board of Surgery Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2. (For ABS Diplomates, the MOC Part 2 requirement applies to those who have not yet completed the first ABS Continuous Certification Program Assessment Exam. The deadline to earn Self-Assessment credit is May 1, 2023.
Credit to Address ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements
Institutions that are accredited or verified by the ACS require staff to earn credits in order to meet compliance and site survey requirements in applicable content areas such as: Bariatric Surgery (MBS), Breast (BST), Cancer (C), Geriatric (GER), Pediatric Surgery (PEDS), and Trauma (T).
Clinical Congress sessions that include this content are designated as Credit to Address ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements. These specific content designations, where applicable, are included after each session title using the abbreviations listed above. When claiming CME Credit for these sessions, you can elect to include the Credit to Address ACS Accreditation/ Verification Requirements, and it will be documented as part of your CME Certificate and Clinical Congress transcript.
Check with your institution to verify that the content does meet the specific requirements.
How Do I know What CME I need?
The ACS has compiled state-specific CME requirements for all state licensing boards, in addition to the CME requirements for Specialty Boards such as the American Board of Medical Specialties and American Osteopathic Boards, and the ACS Accreditation/Verification program. The ACS strives to keep this information up to date, but CME requirements are subject to change. Contact [email protected] with any questions.