CME Credit Process Update

March 17, 2023

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) Will Discontinue the CME Credit Self-Claiming Process for Diplomates on July 1, 2023 

Act now so you don't lose earned CME credits.

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) recently made changes to its CME processes, which impact the way that Diplomates interact with the Board, upload CME credits, and meet Certification requirements. SVS is committed to complying with the new rules and making your ability to claim credit as seamless as possible, however, we are still in the process of aligning our systems to meet these new requirements.   

To ensure all your CME credits earned with SVS are transferred to the ABS, follow the steps outlined below:   

1. Confirm CME credits previously earned with SVS 

If you earned credit for the following activities, SVS has already transferred credit on your behalf. Please login to your ABS portal to confirm your credits are listed. 

If earned credits are missing, please contact no later than April 1, 2023, so we have time to resolve any issue before the cut-off date of June 30, 2023. 

Confirm Credits

2. Enter Credits Earned with SVS through June 30, 2023

If you earned or will earn credit from SVS and have not self-claimed this credit with ABS, please proceed to ABS and enter these credits by June 30, 2023. 

For example, CME-earning SVS activities may include:

  • Manuscript Review (for JVS, JVS-VL and JVS-CIT)
  • VESAP5 (we recognize the product is available until July 14, 2023, so it is highly encouraged everyone completes their CME before June 30, 2023, and then go to ABS to self-claim. 
  • JVS and JVS-VL Journal-Based CME credit 
  • All Vascular Annual Meeting credit earned through June 30, 2023
  • 2023 VQI Annual Meeting credit earned through June 30, 2023

Enter Credits

3. SVS will automatically transfer earned CME credits to ABS after June 30, 2023

For the following upcoming activities SVS will automatically transfer credits on your behalf.  You do not need to take any additional action. Please see the callout to ensure you follow the critical steps for this transfer to occur. 

4. SVS will manually transfer earned CME credits to ABS after June 30, 2023 for specific activities

SVS will periodically transfer the following CME credits to ABS on your behalf until an automated process is established.  In these instances, credits will be transferred to ABS each January 31 and August 1.  While ABS is stating that providers need to transfer credits within 30 days of completing an activity, this is currently not possible for the activities below until an automated process is in place. 

Credits earned from the above activities between the below dates will be in the ABS system: 

Starting Date Ending Date In the ABS System
January 1 June 30 August 1
July 1 December 31 January 31

As this is an evolving process, SVS will indicate the timing of credits being transferred to ABS on the webpage for each activity.   

Questions? Please contact