MOC Program Requirements, including CME Requirements
In October 2011, the ABVLM announced requirements of its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. They were initially outlined in the ABVLMNews and sent via hardcopy to all diplomates.
In November 2015, the board retroactively removed from the MOC program all requirements for the Self-Assessment Module (SAM) portion of the program.
In 2018 due to the elimination of an "every-ten-year exam" requirement, the board changed the 3-year triennial period for CME reporting to an easier 2-year biennial reporting structure. The requirement of earning (on average) 10 VLM-related CME credits per year was kept exactly the same. A CME Reporting Period Transition Chart was supplied to all diplomates.
At the present time, these are the ABVLM MOC Requirements:
- Continuing Medical Education (CME) in VLM
Diplomates must earn and report to ABVLM via the ABVLM website portal a minimum of 20 CME hours every two years. Of those hours, a minimum of 17 must be VLM-related (with optionally up to 3 hours of non-clinical CME such as Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Billing, etc.).
Also, no more than 5 hours annually of CME can be AMA Category 2 CME. Time spent on OLA items qualifies for Type 2 CME.
The total hours requirement changed in 2018 from 30 hours every 3 years to 20 hours every 2 years. Please see the Transition Chart for specific requirement by diplomate year.
Step-by-step information on How to Enter CME Credits is linked below in the CME Reporting section. There is no data transfer from any vein programs to the ABVLM. Please complete your own data entry of your required CME.
- Participation in ABVLM's Online Learning & Assessment (OLA) Program
Participation in OLA is mandatory and is in lieu of sitting for an every 10 year recertification exam. (There is NO recertification exam by ABVLM.) The OLA program commenced in August of 2018, and all diplomates (with the exception of the most recent set of diplomates whose OLA items commence in January following their certification) should be receiving a reminder email at least once a month regarding completion of 4 items per month. These emails originate from ABVLM@SELFSTUDY.PLUS. Please contact us if you are not getting these emails.
The OLA items are not scored, as it is primarily a learning activity. So you do not need to worry about having incorrect answers. We hope you will learn from the program, especially in areas that impact your clinical practice. Time spent on OLA items qualifies for AMA Category 2 CME. There is also an item review option for all past items.
- Remittance of an Annual MOC Fee
There is a maintenance of certification fee, currently $395/year, assessed annually. To avoid any late fee penalty, the fee must be paid no later than March 31 annually. An invoice along with a Contact Update Form is mailed annually.
For the policy on what is recognized as CME by the ABVLM, please see Recognition of CME Credits. CME education claimed for Maintenance of Certification should be in the area of venous and lymphatic medicine (however, up to 3 hours of the 20 biennial hours can be general, non-specialty specific CME such as: Patient Safety, Risk Management, Patient Communications, etc.).
CME Reporting for MOC Program
The following linked PDFs have information on Maintenance of Certification (MOC) reporting, including screen shots of how to Login to the website, update your profile or add locations, review and enter your CME information, and pay the annual MOC fee.
- How to Login and Update your Profile on the ABVLM Website
- How to Review Your CME Status via the CME Dashboard
- How to Enter CME Credits
- How to Make Your Annual MOC Payment
Selected listing of CME Activities in VLM
Listed below are several "live meeting" opportunities throughout the year, as well as some online activities. The meetings are generally accredited for 20-25 CME credits, however, please check with the organizers regarding awarding of CME.
- American Vein & Lymphatic Society Annual Congress - location varies, but held annually in the Fall
- American Venous Forum Annual Meeting - location varies, but held annually in the Spring
- Venous Symposium - New York NY, annually in the Spring
- Online Courses on the American Vein & Lymphatic Society's website [courses vary in length, but several dozens of CME credit are available online]
In addition to the above resources, portions of other CME-accredited activities can be applied toward VLM CME. For example, a symposium on superficial venous disease within a broader meeting, say, related to cardiology, surgery, family medicine, etc. could apply.