Earn MOC Points, CME Credits

ATS 2017 attendees will be able to earn a total of 46.5 ABIM MOC points.

The American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics have changed how Maintenance of Certification points can be awarded. Now MOC points are equivalent to the number of CME credits. ATS 2017 attendees can still earn at least as many MOC points as in past years.

The ATS Education and the International Conference committees have collaborated on a plan in which 22 symposia, as well as adult and pediatric core curriculum symposia, are eligible for MOC.

Under the plan, ATS 2017 attendees will be able to earn a total of 46.5 ABIM MOC points—up from 30 points in 2016—and 10 ABP MOC points—the same number as in 2016. The symposia will cover adult pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine as well as pediatric pulmonary symposia. The list of Adult and Pediatric Symposia eligible for MOC at the conference can be found at conference.thoracic.org/program/moc.php.

How to Earn MOC Points at ATS 2017

  • Mid-April: Look for announcements in ATS communications and on the International Conference website about the ATS 2017 sessions offering ABIM and ABP MOC points.
  • Before ATS 2017: Take the pre-test for each core curriculum session and symposium you want to attend.
  • During ATS 2017: Attend any and all of the MOC sessions you are interested in. These sessions will be highlighted in the Final Program and the ATS 2017 App, as well as in signage throughout the convention center.
  • After ATS 2017: Take the post-session test. All of the tests will be available at the end of the International Conference, and attendees can take the tests at no cost through July 31, 2017. Those who took the pre-test will receive notification that the post-test is online. Please note: Audience response during a session does not count as the post-test.

The ABIM and ABP require internists and subspecialists who were certified during or after 1990 to continually participate in MOC program activities. In January 2014, ABIM modified its MOC program. Physicians must earn 100 MOC points every five years to maintain their certifications. They also must earn some points in an MOC activity every two years to meet the new requirements. The ABP had previously implemented similar requirements and timing for pediatric subspecialists.

CME and Nursing CE
ATS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This live activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the ACCME and are free from the control of commercial interests. The ATS designates this activity for a maximum of 45 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. The designation of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ per session is listed in the session pages. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Thoracic Society partners with National Jewish Health® to provide Nursing Contact Hours for selected sessions. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 12724.

Pediatric Clinical Core Curriculum 1 is supported by an educational grant from Teva Pharmaceuticals.

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