Using UpToDate for Professional Development

Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners

Researching clinical questions using UpToDate can be applied towards continuing professional education requirements. Subscribers can enhance clinical knowledge without taking time away from patient care.

  • UpToDate offers a variety of credits to fulfill licensing and Maintenance of Certification/Continuing Certification (MOC/CC) requirements for healthcare professionals practicing in the U.S. and globally.
  • With an active UpToDate subscription, you will be able to:
    • Answer clinical questions as they arise and earn credit at the same time.
    • Redeem credit from your mobile devices, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    • Save time and money by fulfilling CME/CE/CPD requirements without having to leave the office or home. Credit is offered at no additional cost with an individual subscription or through an EHR or other clinical system that has implemented the UpToDate integration API.
    • Redeem credits for up to two years from the time the activity was completed (unless otherwise noted).

UpToDate Supports Your Licensure and MOC/CC Efforts

Physicians can use the time they spend with UpToDate to fulfill various continuing professional requirements including medical licensure and MOC/CC for several certifying boards.

The following state medical boards participate in direct credit reporting. Submit CME credits electronically from within UpToDate to participating medical boards.

The following certifying boards accept credit earned from UpToDate to fulfil MOC/CC requirements. Those labeled with an asterisk (*) participate in direct credit reporting.

* Learn how to directly submit credit to these boards.



American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) MOCA 2.0 Program

This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology's redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website, www.theABA.org, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements. (Direct credit reporting)

American Board of Dermatology (ABD) Maintenance of Certification Program

Dermatology related AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ earned from use of UpToDate may fulfill Part 2 CME Resources of the American Board of Dermatology MOC Program.

American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification Program

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.5 Medical Knowledge MOC points per Internet point-of-care activity in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. (Direct credit reporting)

American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) Maintenance of Certification Program

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to satisfy the Lifelong Learning, Self-Assessment, Improvement in Medical Practice and/or Patient Safety requirements for the American Board of Ophthalmology's Maintenance of Certification program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit. (Direct credit reporting)

American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification Program

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn their required annual part II self-assessment credit in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery's Continuing Certification program (formerly known as MOC). It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of recognizing participation. (Direct credit reporting)

American Board of Pathology (ABPath) Continuing Certification Program

Successful completion of this CME activity enables the participant to earn up to 0.5 Lifelong Learning points per Internet point-of-care activity in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program. Participants will earn points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of recognizing participation. (Direct credit reporting)

American Board of Surgery (ABS) Continuous Certification Program

Credits earned from use of UpToDate may fulfill the CME requirement of the American Board of Surgery Continuous Certification Program.

National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS) Certification Program

Credits earned from use of UpToDate may fulfill CME and certification requirements for the NBPAS.

ABMS

American Board of Medical Specialties Continuing Certification Directory

Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification (“MOC”) Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory, UpToDate has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) and/or an MOC Part II Self-Assessment Activity for the following Member Boards.

MOC Part II CME Activity

  • American Board of Allergy and Immunology
  • American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Board of Preventive Medicine
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery

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Physician Assistants may earn credit from use of UpToDate to fulfill licensing and certification requirements.

The National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by ACCME such as UpToDate.

Time spent reading UpToDate topics can be used to fulfill requirements for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and other nursing certification organizations.

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Use of UpToDate is acceptable to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for renewal requirements. In addition, the ANCC has indicated that use of UpToDate meets the pharmacology requirement for nurse practitioners. However, it is up to the individual user to ensure that the content meets their needs and fits the requirements for this category. Please contact the ANCC for more information.

Many states may accept the use of UpToDate to fulfill nursing licensing requirements – an added benefit for using this valuable resource. Read more about how UpToDate can help meet nursing continuing education requirements here: Nursing CE Requirements and Use of UpToDate Overview.

Please note: Nurses are responsible for confirming with their state nursing board that UpToDate may be accepted to fulfill their CE requirements. Nursing Licensing Boards accept only those CE activities which meet their requirements. UpToDate cannot determine if credits earned using UpToDate are relevant to each licensee, therefore UpToDate cannot guarantee acceptance of all credits for all licensees.