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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.

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.

Want to earn CME or MOC Credit?

Click here for ways to earn credit now.

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.


Maintenance of Certification promotes lifelong learning and the enhancement of the clinical judgment and skills essential for high quality patient care. Internists and subspecialists certified in or after 1990 renew their certificates through ABIM's Maintenance of Certification program. 

ABIM Resources for MOC

For specific requirements regarding cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, and clinical cardiac electrophysiology, visit ABIM, go to "Get Information by Subspecialty," then select your area of interest.

Frequently-Asked Questions

  1. Must all ACC members participate in MOC?
    ABIM diplomates holding valid time-limited certificates (those who certified in 1990 or thereafter) are required to enroll and participate in MOC in order to maintain their certifications. ABIM and ACC encourage diplomates holding certificates that are valid indefinitely (those certified before 1990) to participate voluntarily.

  2. Why participate in MOC?
    Physicians need to be current with the exponential growth of new information relevant to all aspects of their medical practices. By participating in MOC, physicians maintain the clinical judgment and skills upon which high quality care depends. MOC is also an important credential recognized with hospitals, health systems, health plans, and the public.

  3. How should I get started?
    The first and most important step is to enroll with ABIM. Enter the Physician Login from the ABIM homepage. Log in to your Home Page and select Enroll in Maintenance of Certification Program. Follow the instructions and submit the enrollment form online. 

  4. Do I have to accumulate 100 points for each certificate that I hold?
    No. If you hold more than one certificate (e.g., Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology), you only need to accumulate a total of 100 points of self-evaluation, with a minimum of 20 points in self-evaluation of medical knowledge and 20 points in self-evaluation of practice performance. Medical knowledge modules are worth 10 or 20 points each; PIMs are worth 20 or 40 points each.  The points you earn are valid during your participation in MOC and can be applied to all certifications you are maintaining within that time frame.

  5. When do I take the exam?
    You must take the MOC exam for each time-limited certificate that you hold. You can take the exam in years 6 through 10 of your certification.

  6. Do I have to earn all 100 points of self-evaluation before I take the exam?
    No. You can complete self-evaluation components at any point in the MOC process after enrollment, beginning as early as year one. In fact, ABIM recommends that you spread out the requirements of MOC over time.

  7. What is the best way for me to document and earn point credits for Self-Evaluation of Practice Performance?
    ABIM's MOC program allows physicians to choose the option that best reflect their practices. In addition to the options offered by ABIM, ACC members can select the Self-Directed PIM using NCDR® measures for members in hospitals who participate in NCDR®. NCDR® is an ABIM-approved source of quality improvement data. There are other PIMs available to cardiologists as well, including Hypertension, Preventive Cardiology, Hospital-Based Patient Care (heart failure and myocardial infarction), Communication with Subspecialists, and Communication with Referring Physicians. You may team up with one or more physicians to collectively engage in quality improvement activities and complete the PIM using ABIM's Group PIM option. 

  8. What are the procedural requirements for Interventional Cardiologists?
    If you are planning to renew your certificate in interventional cardiology, you are required to complete a Form Attesting Interventional Cardiology Practice to substantiate your performance as the primary operator, co-operator, or supervisor of at least 150 PCI cases during the two years prior to the expiration of your certificate. Please note that regardless of how many manipulations are performed in any one case, each case may count only as one procedure. You will also be asked to verify your participation in PCI quality improvement projects.

A candidate who is unable to meet the volume requirement may complete a procedural log of 25 consecutive PCI cases, including outcomes, in which he or she served as the primary operator during the two-year documentation period.

If you have questions, please call ABIM's Contact Center at 1-800-441-ABIM.


As of May 2012, the ATS cultivated partnerships with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) to develop MOC Part II Self Assessment modules. Attendees of the 2012 International Conference * San Francisco had the opportunity to earn 10 points towards ABIM and ABP MOC Part II credits by achieving a passing score on a pre- and post-test and attending the following sessions:

  • MOC Part Two – ABIM Core Pulmonary Module (2012)
  • MOC Park Two – ABP ATS Cellular Foundation of Pediatric Respiratory Disease (2012)
  • MOC Part Two – ABP Physiological Basis of Pediatric Respiratory Disease (2012)


Building on the success of MOC at ATS 2012*San Francisco, core sessions on Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep for both ABIM Medical Knowledge points or ABP MOC Part II credit and CME credit were offered at the 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia.  Topics covered were:

  • Pulmonary:
    • Vascular Diseases
    • COPD
    • Obstructive Airways Disease, other
    • Congenital/ Neuromuscular/ Skeletal
    • Rare Lung Diseases
  • Sleep:
    • Parasomnias (including pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis and management)
    • Sleep Evaluation
    • Sleep in Other Disorders
    • Hypersomnolence Unrelated to Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders
  • Critical Care:
    • Hematologic/Oncologic Disorders
    • Surgical/ Trauma/ Transplantation
    • Renal/Endocrine/Metabolism
    • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Pediatrics
    • Cellular Foundation of Pediatric Respiratory Disease (Postgraduate course)
    • Physiological Basis of Pediatric Respiratory Disease (Postgraduate course)
    • Pediatric Asthma
    • Interstitial Lung Disease and Diffuse Alveolar Hemorrhage Syndromes
    • Sleep and Bronchoscopy Dysplasia (BPD)


Plans are underway for core sessions on Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Pediatrics.  Corresponding modules will be prepared and submitted to  both the ABIM for consideration of Medical Knowledge points and to the ABP for consideration of MOC Part II credits at the 2014 International Conference in San Diego.  Topics to be covered include:

  • Pulmonary
    • Diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis
    • HAP/VAP
    • Opportunistic Infections
    • Neoplasms, pleural diseases and Occupational and Environmental Diseases
  • Critical Care
    • Acute respiratory distress syndrome
    • Exacerbations of Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    • Mechanical Ventilation and NIV
    • Hemodynamic Monitoring
    • Cardiovascular Disorders
    • Toxidromes
  • Sleep
    • Sleep Related Movement Disorders
    • Sleepy Driving
    • Sleep Related Breathing Disorders
  • Pediatrics
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Pulmonary Function Testing
    • Neuromuscular Diseases

Nursing contact hours at ATS 2013 * PHILADELPHIA

The ATS is pleased to be able to offer Nursing Contact hours for selected sessions at ATS 2013 * Philadelphia through joint sponsorship with National Jewish Health. For more information please click here.

Nursing contact hours at ATS 2014 * SAN DIEGO

Plans are underway to offer Nursing Contact hours for selected sessions at ATS 2014 in San Diego.