CAP Requirements

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  • CAP 4 Year Cycle

    Begin CAP 4-Year Cycle

    The Continuous Assessment Program (CAP), begins the calendar year following your exam. It is comprised of CE, self-assessment modules (SAMs), triannual miniassessments and a quality improvement activity attestation.

  • 100 CE Hours

    100 CE Hours

    100 hours of CE is needed during each CAP cycle. In addition to COPE and non-COPE CE, Diplomates can earn CE through CAP activities, such as miniassessments, optional PPMs, and free ABO sponsored webinars.

  • 2 SAMs

    2 SAMs

    Self-assessment modules (SAMs) are designed to identify and resolve knowledge gaps. 2 SAMs are required and may be completed any time prior to the 3 year evaluation.

  • 1 QIA

    1 QIA

    The quality improvement activity (QIA) requires that a Diplomate briefly describe an improvement in the quality of their patient care or clinical practice that was initiated as a result of a CAP learning activity.

  • 9 Mini Assessments

    9 Mini Assessments

    Mini-assessments will be offered 3 times per year, for a total of 9 assessments during each CAP cycle. They will be open source, focused on a single topic and 25 questions in length. 7 out of 9 assessments must be passed during each CAP cycle.

  • 3-Year Evaluation

    3-Year Evaluation

    Evaluation occurs at the end of 3 years. If all requirements have been met, Diplomates have no requirements due in the 4th year and begin a new 4-year CAP cycle the next year. If requirements are not met, Diplomates will use year 4 as a remediation year.

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