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Diplomate Recertification

Starting in 2016, the American Veterinary Medical Association notes “all new specialists will have to demonstrate efforts to maintain their competence to maintain their certification.” An article in the May 1, 2015 Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association ("New specialists must demonstrate continuing expertise," page 926) explains that the AVMA’s American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) requires that all "specialty organizations must issue time-limited certificates for new diplomates beginning no later than 2016. Maintenance of certification may be by examination or a point system. Diplomates may accrue points via a variety of activities."

Though requirements for maintaining certification cannot be imposed upon existing diplomates, the ABVS encouraged the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation to initiate a system of voluntary replacement of undated certificates with dated certificates requiring maintenance. That ACVSMR has elected to be proactive on this measure and has issued dated certificates to all diplomates since the initial acceptance of the college in 2010.

What does this mean for current diplomates? Each diplomate must recertify every 10 years. He or she may elect to re-take the examinations (core and species-specific) or can accrue 500 points by performing a number of activities that benefit the college and the field of veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation. Below is a table of activities and the associated points. These points are weighted based upon their potential contribution to the college and the field.


Activity Number of credits per activity Maximum number of units per activity Maximum number of credits per activity

Continuing Education Attendance
(Sports medicine and rehabilitation topics)

ACVSMR-related meetings 5/hour 80 hours 400

Non-college related meetings 2/hour 100 hours 200

Presentations

Lectures to veterinarians or veterinary students 10/hour 20 hours 200

Lectures to undergraduate students or veterinary technicians 2/hour 50 hours 100

Poster presentations 10/poster 10 posters 100

Written Publications

First author or corresponding author of a peer-reviewed publication 200/publication 2 publications 400

Co-author of a peer-reviewed publication 150/publication 2 publications 300

First author or co-author of a non peer-reviewed publication 10/article 5 articles 50

First author or co-author of a textbook chapter 20/chapter 5 chapters 100

Writing Board-Certification Examination Questions

Creation and submission of examination questions 5/question 100 questions 500

Review of submitted examination questions 1/question 300 questions 300

College Service

Service on the Board of Directors 100/year 4 years 400

Service as a Committee chair 75/year 4 years 300

Service as a Committee member 50/year 4 years 200

Additional Certification

Successfully complete a sports medicine or rehabilitation certification program 200 1 certification 200

Successfully obtain a second board specialty certification 100 1 board specialty certification 100

For more information, please see the following documents:

ACVSMR Recertification Criteria (PDF) (Updated 6/1/15)
ACVSMR Recertification Guidelines (PDF) (Updated 6/1/15)

A diplomate who fails to maintain board certification will forfeit his/her active diplomate status and will not be able to claim board certification by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

As a courtesy, the College Secretary will track and attempt to notify all active diplomates of their upcoming deadline for recertification. However, each diplomate is responsible for being aware of and keeping track of their eligibility status and for submitting an application for maintenance of board certification by established deadlines.

A diplomate is required to submit an application for recertification at years 8, 9 or 10 after their initial board certification or after their last recertification. All board certifications will expire on June 30th of a diplomate’s 10th year anniversary of initial board certification or recertification date. For example, a diplomate who was originally board certified in 2010 may apply for recertification in years 2018, 2019 or 2020.

Successful recertification will extend active certification for 10 years beyond the last certification date, but not 10 years from the date that the recertification requirement was met. For example, board certification obtained in 2010 will remains active until 2020 and successful recertification will extend the active certification date to 2030, as long as the recertification requirements are met within the 8th, 9th or 10th years of the recertification period.

A diplomate who fails to successfully apply for recertification within the allotted three years of eligibility or does not submit an application for recertification by the 10-year deadline will have their active diplomate status revoked and they will be placed on inactive diplomate status. If this occurs, then active diplomate status can only be reinstituted by submission of a full credentials package for consideration of re-examination for board certification. The diplomate will be required to take the next available board certification examination and to pass both portions (i.e., core knowledge and species-specific) of the board certification examination. If successful, the diplomate’s board certification will extend 10 years from the date from which they successfully pass the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation board certification examination.

We have created a MasterLog that can be used to compile your points.

ACVSMR Recertification MasterLog (Excel) (Updated 6/1/15)

We encourage everyone to begin to log all appropriate points so that you are ready when reminders are sent out with the applications. This will begin in 2018 for those who received diplomate status in 2010. In the meantime, review the points table, and consider ways that you might help our college while accumulating points.

 

 

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ACVSMR Recertification Criteria (PDF)
(Updated 6/1/15)

ACVSMR Recertification Guidelines (PDF)
(Updated 6/1/15)

ACVSMR Recertification MasterLog (Excel)
(Updated 6/1/15)

 

 

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