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Professional Accreditation

Facilitating the exchange of knowledge of the latest scientific discoveries and translating this into ways that improve patient care (from the bench to bedside) are central to ATS's mission. The ATS provides many opportunities for scientists and clinicians to stay abreast of the latest advances in its core pillars of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine and opportunities to earn CME, MOC and Nursing contact hours.

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CME Certificates

  • CME Certificates for the International Conference:
    Records of CME credits awarded to individual physicians and records of non-physician completion of CME activities at the ATS International Conference are maintained in the International Conference Unit and can be requested by emailing conference@thoracic.org.

  • CME Certificates for Other Educational Activities:
    Records of CME credits awarded for all other educational activities please contact the Education Unit at education@thoracic.org.

What Is Maintenance of Certification?

The Basics

There are 4 elements to MOC:

  • Maintain a valid medical license
  • Participate in Self-Assessment  (Part 2)
  • Pass the Certification Exam in your specialty
  • Participate in Practice Assessment (Part 4)

For more information about the ABIM MOC program, or to enroll, visit the ABIM Maintenance of Certification page.

For more information about the American Board of Pediatrics MOC Program, visit the ABP Maintenance of Certification page.

Recent Changes

A summary of the January 2014 and February 2015 changes to ABIM MOC:

  • Participation in some MOC activity is required every 2 years
  • Every 5 years 100 points of MOC is required
    • At least 20 points in practice assessment (Part 4). As of February 2015, this requirement was suspended for at least two years.
    • At least 20 points in medical knowledge (Part 2)
    • Patient safety requirement. As of February 2015, this requirement was suspended for at least two years.
  • Pass MOC exam every 10 years
  • If you attempt the examination and fail prior to the date your current examination is due and, if you are in good standing with all your other MOC requirements at that time, you will have an additional year to pass the examination before your certification status changes.
    • During the extra year, if you remain in good standing with all other requirements, you will continue to be reported as “Certified, Meeting MOC Requirements” or “Certified, Participating in MOC.” Once passed, the next MOC exam will be due 10 years from the last pass, even if that pass was during the additional year.
  • The ABIM has begun reporting whether or not you are “Meeting MOC Requirements,” and by August 2015 will report whether or not you are “Participating in MOC”

For more information about the changes and what you need to do to maintain your certification, visit the ABIM Maintenance of Certification changes FAQ.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

ACCME Accreditation

The American Thoracic Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. ATS's ACCME provider number is 0000165.

ATS CME Mission

  1. CME Purpose: The purpose of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) CME Program is to support the ATS mission of: decreasing morbidity and mortality from respiratory disorders on both national and international levels, providing a high quality CME program that addresses the professional practice gaps of our learners and by facilitating change in learner competence and performance. As stated in our motto, "We help the world breathe."

  2. Content Areas: The content of the ATS CME program focuses on research, clinical, and practice management aspects of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.

  3. Target Audience: The target audience consists of researchers, clinicians, and other health professionals practicing in Pulmonary, Critical Care or Sleep Medicine and the ATS has developed a core curriculum in each of these pillars. The ATS believes that optimal patient care is achieved through an interdisciplinary team approach.

  4. Types of Activities: The ATS coordinates live courses, manuscript review, enduring materials (e g. internet, print), journal CME and activities separately and jointly-sponsored with our Thoracic Society Chapters and other national organizations with missions congruent with our own. In addition, learners who follow a core curriculum at the ATS International Conference can earn American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part II credit in conjunction with CME credit.

  5. Expected Results: The ATS CME program is expected to lead to improvement in learner competence or performance. Results are measured with self-report and objective assessments.

Obtaining Joint Sponsorship

The ATS offers Jointly Sponsored activities with State Chapters.  For further information about obtaining Joint Sponsorship for your event, click here.

For CME Forms needed to obtain Joint Sponsorship, click here.