CME Credits


Part II of Maintenance of Certification is entitled “Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment”. The requirements developed by the ABNS and accepted by the American Board of Medical Specialties include CME and other credit hours based on the following principles:

150 CME credits during each three-year mini-cycle:

Type I 60 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ in neurosurgery related activities

Type II 90 hours of other neurosurgery related education or additional AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

AMA PRA Category 1 CME Certificates must be faxed or emailed to (847) 378-0638 or  

Type I AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ Neurosurgery Credits

60 credits for each three-year mini-cycle

  1. Live Activities (Meetings and Courses): All activities directly and/or jointly sponsored for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ by the AANS, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and other accredited providers are eligible (for instance, the CNS grants 24 credits for SANS).
  2. Enduring Materials: Any printed, recorded, audio, video, and electronic activities eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ are accepted.
  3. Journal Activities: Any journals that are peer-reviewed, neurosurgery relevant, involve an examination, and are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ may be included.
  4. Completion of MOC: When a Diplomate has successfully completed all the requirements of a ten-year MOC cycle, including the Cognitive Examination, he or she is eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. You must apply directly to the AMA for the credit; then submit your Certificate.  For information on how to apply to the AMA,  CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION CREDITS


Type II  Other Neurosurgery Related Education: Other education activities must comply with AMA opinions in “Gifts to Physicians from Industry” and “Ethical Issues in CME” (i.e., are not promotional). Additionally, the neurosurgeon must find them worthwhile learning experiences relating to his or her practice. In each case, the Diplomate determines the educational value of the activities in which he or she participates and self-reports them at MyMOC on the ABNS website Diplomates may log credits for such non-verified learning activities as teaching residents, medical students or other health professionals, unstructured online searching and learning (i.e., not Internet PoC), reading authoritative medical literature, and participating in live activities not designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. The rule is one credit for each hour spent. Other examples include:

  • Attendance at local ground rounds or other medical conferences not accredited by the ACCME
  • Consultations with peers and medical experts in direct contact, by phone or email
  • Preceptorships
  • Research
  • Self assessment activities
  • Small group discussions