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Candidates must have been previously certified by an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) member board in the specialties being applied for. While we recognize there are other credible national and international certification boards, we can only certify ABMS/AOA diplomates. There are no exceptions.
Candidates must have an active, valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in at least one U.S. state or territory. Candidates practicing outside of the U.S. who only hold a license outside of the U.S. must provide evidence of an active, valid, unrestricted license from a valid non-U.S. licensing body. An unrestricted means a license that has no restrictions. Restrictions include but are not limited to conditions, contingencies, probation, limitations and stipulated agreements.
Candidates must submit evidence of a minimum of 50 hours of continuing medical education (CME) within the past 24 months, completed through a recognized provider of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Candidates with lapsed ABMS or AOA certification at the time of application must submit evidence of a minimum of 100 hours of CME within the past 24 months. Candidates in or within two years of training (fellowship or residency) are exempt from CME requirements. Renewal of NBPAS certification requires a minimum of 50 hours of CME within the past 24 months. CME must be related to one or more of the specialties in which the candidate is applying.
Only CME that meets the following will be accepted:
For some specialties, candidates must have active privileges to practice that specialty in at least one U.S. hospital or outpatient facility licensed by a nationally recognized credentialing organization with deeming authority from CMS (i.e. Joint Commission, HFAP, DNV). These specialties include:
Note: Candidates who practice but are no longer surgically active (due to reasons including no hospital privileges, research, academic administration, etc.) can apply using the “Non-Operative Pathway”. Candidates will be required on their application to attest to no longer holding active hospital privileges. All other NBPAS certification requirements will still need to be met. A status of “Non-Operative Pathway” would then be included with NBPAS certification.
Candidates who have had their medical staff appointment/membership or clinical privileges in the specialty for which they are seeking certification involuntarily revoked and not reinstated in one U.S. hospital or outpatient facility, must have subsequently maintained medical staff appointment/membership or clinical privileges for at least 24 months in another U.S. hospital or outpatient facility licensed by a nationally recognized credentialing organization with deeming authority from CMS (i.e. Joint Commission, HFAP, DNV). If medical staff appointment/privileges were lost solely due to not participating in MOC, this will be verified with the medical staff office and candidates may still qualify for NBPAS recertification.