WHAT QUALIFIES AS CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR THE CERTIFICATION MAINTENANCE EXAMINATION?
A minimum of 40 hours must be earned every 2 years. Each two-year cycle, beginning the year after certification, must add up to 40 hours. Of these, 80% (32 hours) must be pathology-related continuing education courses with an additional 20% (8 hours) that are relevant to your scope of practice. Copies of completion certificates/CE letters documenting your attendance and the number of hours earned must be uploaded for each course listed. List CE courses individually by title, not generically such as “oral pathology CE seminars at University XYZ”.
- Pathology-related courses – both anatomic and clinical pathology
- Laboratory management courses (not to exceed 5 hrs/year)
- Presenter at a CE course – 5 hrs/year maximum
What doesn’t qualify:
- CE for writing and/or publishing a manuscript
- Shifting “extra” presenter CE from one year to the next (example: candidate earned 10 CEs as a presenter in year 4 and none in year 3. Only 5 total CE hrs can be claimed)
- CE for lectures given as a faculty at your main institution (example: Systemic pathology lectures given to dental students as an expected part of your employment)
- Why does ABOMP deny CE credits that my state board accepts such as basic CPR?
- State boards accept all dental-related CE, ABOMP accepts only pathology-related CE and scope-of-practice CE.
- My school requires faculty to take CE in various topics including courses related to teaching improvement. Is this acceptable?
- Yes. Up to 20% of courses that are not pathology-related but relevant to your scope of practice and employment requirements will be accepted and will count towards your CE minimum, including educational courses such as education models, effective communication, thinking strategies, team building, etc.
- My state CLIA license requires me to take laboratory management courses. Are they acceptable for ABOMP?
- Yes - but total CE credit for laboratory management courses is not to exceed 5 hrs/year.
- Are CE courses taken outside the U.S.A. eligible for CM credit?
- Yes. Pathology-related courses offered by the International Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology and affiliated societies, European Society of Pathology, International Society of Pathology (numerous divisions), and the Canadian Dental Association are acceptable. It is up to the Diplomate to submit supporting documentation including detailed course description and objectives along with the certificate of attendance for validation.
ALL DIPLOMATES MUST PARTICIPATE EACH YEAR IN AT LEAST ONE OF THE TWO ABOMP-APPROVED DIAGNOSTIC ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL PATHOLOGY MICROSCOPIC SLIDE SELF-ASSESSMENT PROGRAMS.
IF YOU ARE UNCERTAIN IF A COURSE IS ACCEPTABLE FOR CM CREDIT, PLEASE CONTACT ABOMP.