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Diplomates with certificates from the American Board of Surgery and participating in the ABS MOC program:

Diplomates who hold a certificate from the American Board of Surgery and are participating in the ABS MOC Program must still report to the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.  ABCRS is not a sub-specialty of ABS and neither surgical board offers automatic data transfer for MOC at this time.  Here is what you need to do for ABCRS in order to claim participation with the ABS MOC program:

Step #I -Report  participation in the ABS MOC program inside of your ABCRS MOC profile.

Log into www.abcrs.org
Click on Login
Enter your Username and Password
Click On MOC
Go to the Reciprocity Section (bottom left) and Click on the top Enter box
Choose ABS – Yes
Click on Submit – After your screen has refreshed you should notice that Part I, Part II (CME) and Part IV is complete and should have turned to green.

Step #II – You need to document the type of self-assessment (50 CME requirement) that you have completed. Completion of self-assessment activity every three years is required – Self-assessment is a written or electronic question-and-answer exercise that assesses the surgeon’s understanding of the material presented in the CME program. CARSEP and/or SESAP are suggested self- assessment material items.

  • The activity must require a score of 75% or higher for the self-assessment to count for MOC. There is no required minimum number of questions and repeated attempts are allowed. Individual CME programs may require a higher score at their discretion; make sure your CME program requires at least a 75% score.
  • Many live CME events, such as grand rounds and conferences, require a post-test before credit is awarded. Category I CME from journals, textbooks, and audio, video or web-based programs also usually contains self-assessment. Audience response systems are also acceptable if they provide an individual scores.
  • There is no ABCRS approval process for self-assessment activities. Hospitals, societies and other organizations may develop their own programs per the ABCRS criteria above.

Step #III – Successful completion of a secure exam administered by ABCRS every 10 years