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Medical Ethics Requirement

All Diplomates with certifications expiring in 2012, or later, must complete the AAPS Medical Ethics course as part of their recertification requirements. CME hours earned may be applied to the CME requirements for recertification and may also be applied to the requirement of at least 25 hours of AAPS sponsored CME for those with certificates expiring in 2014 or later.

Recertifying Diplomates who have scheduled, but not yet attended the AAPS Medical Ethics course, may submit their application for review by the applicable Board of Certification. However, they will not be allowed to register for the written recertification exam until this requirement has been completed and documentation provided to ABPS.

The AAPS Medical Ethics course is offered annually in conjunction with the AAPS Annual Scientific Meeting. Additional offerings of this course are added on an as-needed basis.

To ensure that all Diplomates are able to complete the AAPS Medical Ethics Course before their certification expiration, AAPS is offering two course dates in Tampa, in addition to the course offered in conjuction with the AAPS Annual Scientific Meeting. Enrollment for these March and September courses is limited to Diplomates with expired certificates or certificates expiring this year or next year. The June course at the Annual Meeting is open to all current and recertifying Diplomates, regardless of expiration date.

For more information regarding the current course schedule, see “AAPS Medical Ethics Course”.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Medical Ethics Requirement

Q. When was this requirement added?

A: The AAPS Board of Directors voted in 2005 to require all recertifying Diplomates to complete a Medical Ethics course every eight years, starting with certificates expiring in 2012. The course was first offered during the 2005 Annual Scientific Meeting.

Q. Will any extension or waiver be granted for those with certificates expiring in 2012 or 2013 who complete all requirements except the Medical Ethics course?

A: No – Diplomates whose certificates expire in 2012 or 2013 will be considered not certified as of January 1st of the year following their expiration. They will remain eligible for recertification for two years after their certificate expiration date, but must complete an approved Medical Ethics course before they will be allowed to register for the written recertification examination.

Q. My recertification application is complete except for completing Medical Ethics. Should I wait to submit my application until this requirement is met?

A: No – the applicable Board of Certification can review your application for recertification as long as all required information is complete; and the Board has the option to approve the application contingent on completion of the Medical Ethics course. Please submit proof of registration for the course along with your application. Proof of completion (the CME certificate) will need to be provided before you may register for the written recertification examination.

Q. Is there any option for taking the AAPS Medical Ethics course online or through DVDs?

A: No – at this time the AAPS Medical Ethics course is offered as an onsite course ONLY. The course incorporates small group review of case studies and large group discussion of real-world examples provided by participants. These elements are vital components of the course and cannot be replicated in an online or at-home learning environment.