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TOPS Patient Safety CME Information

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. View full TOPS CME information, including CME Designation Statement, CME credit information and CME deadlines:

Objectives of this Educational Activity

  • To provide national data for members to use in evaluating their clinical practice
  • To provide an evidence-based tool for members to use in comparing their patient outcomes
  • To facilitate identification of clinical strengths and areas needing improvement performed

Patient Safety CME Credit

TOPS participants who submit their case information into the TOPS program can claim AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™ for participating in TOPS. For every 15 minutes you spend entering data and reviewing your outcomes benchmark reports, you can claim .25 credits (15 minutes = .25 credits; 30 minutes = .50 credits; 45 minutes = .75 credits; 1 hour = 1.0 credit). Physicians can also earn 1 Patient Safety credit per month, for a maximum of 7 Patient Safety credits during one calendar year.

The following criteria must be met in order to earn Patient Safety CME:

CME Eligibility

To be eligible to earn Patient Safety CME:

  • A minimum of 8 completed cases must be entered during a one-month time period.

Converting Eligible Patient Safety CME into Earned Patient Safety CME

Patient Safety CME credits are earned after the TOPS participant completes the following steps:

  • Selects and runs either an Outcome or Complications report.
  • Reviews the selected report and checks the box on the report form that indicates he/she has reviewed the report.

Both steps are required in order to convert eligible Patient Safety CME credits into earned Patient Safety CME credits.

  • On a monthly basis, a report indicating the amount of Patient Safety CME earned will be sent from TOPS to the individual participant's ASPS CME record.

Patient Safety CME

  • A maximum of 21 CME credits (up to a maximum of 7 PS credits per calendar year) may be applied toward patient safety CME during a TOPS participant's three-year CME cycle. Members can fulfill their ABPS Patient Safety CME requirement by participating in TOPS every year throughout the certification cycle for those participating in the Continuous Certification program.

CME Deadlines

  • To have credit summarized on your current year CME transcript (available to ASPS members only), credit reply materials must be postmarked or submitted by midnight, January 31 of the following year. Credit materials received after the deadline will be reflected on the following year's transcript.
  • Subscribers who submit their data electronically will receive verification of credits earned via email. Members of ASPS have 24-hour access to their CME Report by logging onto their member account.

For non-technical questions about this CME activity, please contact Member Services at (847) 228-9900 or