Beginning in 2019, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) is offering a new Knowledge Assessment pathway that ABOS Diplomates may choose instead of an ABOS Computer-Based or Oral Recertification Examination to satisfy the Part III Requirement of ABOS’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. This section will provide an overview of the ABOS Web-Based Longitudinal Assessment Program (ABOS WLA) Pilot. Information pertaining to your specific Certification expiration year can be found at the end of this document.
The ABOS WLA allows Diplomates to answer questions relevant to their everyday practice at a time that works for them, using their own computer, in whatever location they prefer.
In January 2019, the ABOS will post more than 100 Knowledge Sources from all areas of orthopaedic surgery on the ABOS website. These Knowledge Sources—journal articles, practice guidelines, AUCs, and other similar options—were chosen by practicing orthopaedic surgeons from across the country who were selected by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and orthopaedic subspecialty societies. Diplomates may view all of the Knowledge Sources, but will pick 15 of these Knowledge Sources to study in-depth. These 15 Knowledge Sources will be the sources for your ABOS WLA questions.
On April 15, 2019, a five-week window will open for the Diplomate to answer questions delivered randomly based on the Knowledge Sources that they have chosen. For those who want to participate, there is a $260 assessment fee for each year of participation ($300 for those who hold a Subspecialty Certificate). The fee is paid at the time the Diplomate begins answering questions.
Diplomates will have three minutes to answer each question and can answer as many questions in one sitting as desired, as long as all 30 questions are answered between April 15, 2019 and May 20, 2019. Two questions will come from each Knowledge Source. The assessment is open-book and Diplomates can use the Knowledge Sources, as long as the questions are answered within the three-minute window and that the answer represents the Diplomate’s own work. ABOS WLA Questions are presented in a multiple choice format.
There are two methods to successfully complete the ABOS WLA:
1.Diplomates with a certificate end date of 2019-2025 must earn five consecutive Quality Years by correctly answering at least 24 out of 30 questions a year.
2. Diplomates with a certificate end date of 2026 or later must answer 120 questions correct by end of their 6th year of their 10-year cycle or achieve five quality years by the end of the 8th year of their 10-year cycle.
Additional information and requirements for your certificate end date can be found below.
Diplomates who do not successfully compete the ABOS WLA will still have the opportunity to pass an ABOS Oral or Computer-Based Recertification Examination.
Diplomates who hold a Surgery of the Hand and/or Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certification can recertify both their Subspecialty and General Certificates by selecting at least five Knowledge Sources in each Subspecialty.
The ABOS WLA meets the Part III requirement of the ABOS MOC program. Diplomates still must meet the other requirements of the ABOS MOC process. This includes completion of an Application, Application Fee, Case List, and earning the requisite Continuing Medical Education and Self-Assessment Examination credits.
If you would like to participate in the ABOS WLA, there is nothing to do now. The next steps are:
January 2: Knowledge Sources are posted. Diplomates review the sources and choose 15 for in-depth study. April 15: Go to your ABOS Dashboard, finalize the choices of 15 Knowledge Sources, pay the Assessment Fee, and start answering questions. May 20: All 30 questions must be answered by 11:59 pm ET.
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ which is being awarded by the AAOS. Please direct any questions regarding CME credit earned for the ABOS WLA to the AAOS.
You must have an unexpired ABOS Board Certificate to participate in the ABOS WLA. Those Diplomates who hold a time-unlimited Certificate and a Subspecialty Certificate can participate in the ABOS WLA and will utilize the ABOS WLA to recertify both their General Orthopaedic Recertification and their Subspecialty Certification. Diplomates in non-operative and non-practicing practices must contact the ABOS for the application requirements.