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REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTLINK – INTRODUCTION

In 2006, all American Board of Medical Specialty (ABMS) member boards received approval of their ABMS MOC program plans. The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery introduced the ABCRS MOC program to all diplomates in 2011. Diplomates who certified in 1990 or later are required to participate in the ABCRS C Program.   Applicants for CERTLINK (MOC), must hold a certificate issued by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the time of their application for Certlink.  Expiration of a certificate will not disqualify a candidate for entering the Certlink process however; the applicant can not claim certification in the interim.

Continuous Certification is an evolving process; the requirements outlined below will be modified as new learning and assessment tools are developed. The ABCRS intends for Certlink to be as flexible as possible to allow colon and rectal surgeons to participate in ways most compatible with their practice. ABCRS Certlink Part I, II and IV requirements run in five-year cycles.  Part III of ABCRS Certlink requires a secure examination at 5-year intervals to maintain their certification. An Certlink fee is also required to be paid by December 31 annually.

DEFINITION OF “MEETING ABCRS CERTLINK REQUIREMENTS”

ABCRS Diplomates are “Meeting Certlink Requirements” and not at risk for losing their certification, if the following components are completed by due date.

  • Annual Certlink Fee  (Due by December 31 )
  • Part I, II, and IV (Five-Year Cycle) to be completed by December 31, last year of cycle.
  • Part III (5-Year Cycle) – Recertify

REQUIREMENTS FOR DIPLOMATES CERTIFIED IN 1990 & AFTER

Diplomates begin Certlink January 1 following certification

ABCRS Continuous Certification Timeline
MOC Year Suggested Required
Year 0
  • Diplomate initially certifies /recertifies
  •  Annual Certlink Fee Waived (Begins Year 2)
Cycle 1

Year 1

  • Certlink begins January 1
  •  Annual Certlink Fee Waived (Begins Year 2)
  • 12-15 Certlink questions will be sent out Quarterly (the amount of questions given depend on how many are answered correctly)
Year 2
  •  Annual Certlink Fee Due by Dec 31
  • 12-15 Certlink questions will be sent out Quarterly (the amount of questions given depends on how many are answered correctly)
Year 3
  • Annual Certlink Fee Due by Dec 31
  • 12-15 Certlink questions will be sent out Quarterly (the amount of questions given depends on how many are answered correctly)
Year 4
  • Annual Certlink Fee Due by Dec 31
  • 12-15 Certlink questions will be sent out Quarterly (the amount of questions given depends on how many are answered correctly)
Year 5
  • The fifth year of the cycle can be a year free of questions, or used to extend the cycle if life events intervene.  ABCRS understands that our Diplomates are people with busy lives and unexpected things happen.  CertLink is designed for flexibility for life emergencies, life events, and long-term breaks.  ABCRS must be contacted and appropriate documentation provided for the time away from the program. During the four remaining Quarters, Diplomates must particpate with an average score of 70% or higher (just as they did for the 10-year exam), turn in all Part I, II, and IV Certlink materials, and stay up-to-date with MOC Annual Fees.
  •  Annual Certlink Fee Due by Dec 31

The following are due by Dec 31:

Part I:  Professional Standing

  • Verification of Full Licensure – Submit a copy of your medical license to the board office.
  • Chief of Staff Evaluation – Form is located inside of your MOC Profile.  Print and have your Chief of Staff or Chief of Surgery sign and e-mail/fax/mail to the Board office.
  • Documentation of Hospital Privileges –
    Form is located inside of your MOC Profile.  Print, and have your Chief of Staff or Chief of Surgery sign and e-mail/fax/mail to the Board office.

Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment Requirements

  • Complete 90 APA PRA Category I CME Credits every five years.  Enter on            MOC  Profile Page.
  •  Over a five-year cycle, 50 of the 90 AMA PRA Category I Credits must include a Self-assessment Activity.  CARSEP or SESAP are recommended; however, any accredited CME activity that provides AMA PRA Category I credits, and a Self-Assessment component (with a passing score of greater that 75%), will be accepted for MOC Part II Self-Assessment.  Enter on MOC Profile Page.

*PLEASE NOTE: 30 Self-Assessments CMEs will be waived once every five years for successful participation in Certlink an average score of 70% or higher over the course of the five-year cycle with full participation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Part IV:  Evaluation of Performance in Practice 

  • Part IV of ABCRS Certlink requires ongoing participation in a  local, regional or national outcomes registry or quality assessment program every five years.  Enter on MOC Profile Page.
 Cycle 2

Year 1

  •  Certlink begins January 1
  •  Annual MOC Fee Due by Dec 31
  • 12-15 Certlink questions will be sent out Quarterly (4 times per year)

CERTIFIED IN YEAR 1990 & AFTER

Beginning August 1, 2012, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) will report on its public website, www.certificationmatters.org whether or not ABCRS board-certified colon and rectal surgeons certified in 1990 or after are meeting Certlink requirements.  The ABMS will serve as the central repository for the Continuous Certification status of diplomates from all 24 ABMS Member Boards, including ABCRS. Diplomates who are enrolled in Certlink and meeting Certlink requirements will be reported to ABMS quarterly. Further clarification of a Diplomates status will be via a link to the certifying board’s website.

NONCOMPLIANCE & RE-ENTRY

All diplomates certified in 1990 or after enrolled in Certlink must report to the ABCRS at five-year intervals to maintain their status, including a $500 annual Certlink fee. Individuals who do not report by Dec. 31 or otherwise fail to meet Certlink requirements are subject to losing their ABCRS certification and will be reported as “Not Meeting ABCRS Certlink Requirements” on our website. Diplomates cannot recertify until all past due material requirements and fees fulfilled.

To re-enter Certlink in the first year of noncompliance, diplomates must: (1) fulfill all Certlink requirements up to that point; (2) pay a reinstatement fee of $500. Requirements and fees will increase with additional years of non-participation. Also see Re-Entry Policy on our website.

ABMS Guidelines

Certification Matters, and ultimately, the measure of physician specialists is not merely that they have been certified, but how well they keep current in their specialty. Beginning August 2012, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) will report on its public website, www.certificationmatters.org whether or not ABCRS board-certified colon and rectal surgeons certified in 1990 or after are meeting Certlink  requirements.

That’s why in 2000, the 24 ABMS Member Boards agreed to evolve their recertification programs to one of continuous professional development – ABMS Maintenance of Certification ® (ABMS MOC®). ABMS Continuous Certification assures that the physician is committed to lifelong learning and competency in a specialty and/or sub specialty by requiring ongoing measurement of six core competencies adopted by ABMS and ACGME in 1999. Measurement of these competencies happens in a variety of ways, some of which vary according to the specialty. This is carried out by all Member Boards using a four-part process that is designed to keep certification continuous.

■          Part I         Licensure and Professional Standing

■          Part II        Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment

■          Part III       Cognitive Expertise

■          Part IV       Practice Performance Assessment