Renewing your ABSNM Certification
The American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine recognizes the importance of continuing professional development. The field of nuclear medicine science never stops moving forward – and neither should its scientists. Whether scientists work in clinical care, research, administration, radiation protection, or other areas of nuclear medicine, accredited Continuing Education helps them continuously improve their practice. Effective January 1, 2015 all new ABSNM certifications will be granted on a time limited basis. Every four (4) years, each Diplomat will be required to complete and submit proof of 100 hours of Category 1 Continuing Education Credits. 70 % of these credits must be in the diplomat’s primary specialty.
Continuing Education (CE or CME) is defined as “…educational activities that serve to maintain, develop or increase the knowledge, skills and professional performance and relationships that a professional uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession.” When you complete a Category 1 CE activity you should obtain a certificate of completion from the activity’s sponsor. If you track your own CE Credits, you will need to submit this documentation to the ABSNM when recertifying unless you join an organization like the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP). These organizations provide members with a listing of their CE transcripts. The list of your CE activities can be readily downloaded from these sites and can be submitted instead of the actual certificates.
A notice of renewal will be sent to you by the ABSNM office 6 months prior to the expiration of your certification. The renewal form and CE form must be returned with payment by the date listed below.
In addition, a notice for the annual fee will be sent out in May of each year beginning the first year after your certification.
TERM: The initial ABSNM certification will be for 4 years and must be renewed every 4 years thereafter in order to maintain certification. If your recertification application is not received with appropriate CE’s and supporting documents, you will be removed from the list of certified diplomates. In addition, your annual maintenance of certification fee must be paid in full. You are only required to submit your CE list once every 4 years.
FEES: The following fees are currently in effect for recertification:
Annual MOC Fee: $75.00…Deadline: July 1st each year.
Annual MOC Fee and Late Fee: $125.00…Deadline: December 31st of the year due.
Reinstatement of expired certification: $650.00…Deadline: After December 31st of the year due, but before July 1st of the following year.
Reinstatement after 1 year of expired certification requires re-applying for and retaking the general and specialty examination.
Definition of Category 1 Credits:
Category 1 Credits: At least 70 of the 100 required CE credits must be in your primary specialty.
In order for an activity to be designated for Category 1 credit it must be planned by an accredited CE provider. Category 1 credits can be obtained during attendance at National and or Local Meetings of organizations such as AAPM, HPS, SNMMI, ACR, ASTRO, NCRP, RSNA, etc. These are formally planned meetings that include documentation of acceptable needs assessment, learning objectives, educational design, an evaluation method, and disclosure. Additional Category 1 activities include lectures and meetings in which learners are physically or remotely present and “Enduring Materials” - CE activities based on recorded or published content (i.e., printed materials, CD-ROMs, audio CDs, DVDs, Internet presentations). Some organizations such as AAPM have online learning centers that allow diplomats to obtain Category 1 credits for successfully passing quizzes associated with informational sources such as journal articles, presentations, task group reports, and other publications.