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AOA-accredited CME sponsors will report your participation for you. Here's how to report other CME activities you've completed.
Completion of continuing medical education is required for licensure by state medical licensing boards and certification through specialty certifying boards.
For CME activities sponsored by an AOA-Accredited Category 1 CME sponsor, it is the responsibility of that CME sponsor to report all CME credit to the AOA. Credits submitted by a physician for such activities will not be accepted by AOA. AOA Category 1 CME Sponsors have 90 days after their program to submit the appropriate credits to the AOA.
For non-osteopathic-sponsored ACCME accredited provider for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or AAFP CME activities, it is the physician’s responsibility to report these CME activities to the AOA. A certificate of attendance or a letter of verification from the CME sponsor, along with the physician’s AOA ID number and number of hours, must be provided. To report ACCME accredited provider for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or AAFP CME activities, a certificate of attendance must be provided to the AOA Department of Member Services at MemberService@osteopathic.org or fax at (312) 202-8202.
CME reporting forms are posted here.
View or download the CME Guide.
The current CME cycle runs from Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2021.
CME is a requirement for AOA board-certified physicians only.
Physicians holding non-time-limited certifications must complete the following:
AOA members can log in to view current CME progress.
No. Credits acquired during this cycle cannot apply to future CME requirements. If the date of the activity reflects attendance from a previous cycle, those credits will not be applicable toward the physician’s current CME requirement.
In the 2019-2021 CME cycle, certified residents and fellows are not exempt from their CME requirements, however, they will earn 20 credits of CME for each year of postdoctoral training completed.
CME requirements for state licensure differ between states. Learn more about state licensure requirements.
Life members who hold active certification must complete the CME requirement of their specialty certifying board.
Yes. Physicians may consult the 2019-2021 CME Guide for more information on what kinds of online activities can receive CME credit and the credit category. Specialty specific certifying boards have the discretion to determine when in-person CME is important (e.g., clinical procedural content) and limit the amount of online CME earned during a three-year CME cycle accordingly.
Physicians serving as GME faculty, GME core faculty or preceptors in any AOA-approved osteopathic or ACGME-accredited medical education program may be granted Category 1-B credit. Physicians serving as preceptors for any COCA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine may also be granted Category 1-B credit. A maximum of 20% of the required CME credits per three-year AOA CME cycle may be earned for this activity beginning in 2019.
If CME for GME Faculty/Precepting or UGME Precepting is not reported directly by the sponsor, please submit a letter from the institution stating the number of hours and date(s) to receive credit.
No credit is available for precepting physician assistants or nurse practitioners.
Yes. CME programs which are sponsored by an ACCME-accredited provider for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), or approved by an internationally known sponsor acceptable to the Council on Continuing Medical Education (CCME) are eligible for Category 2 credit through the AOA. To obtain the Category 2 credit, please email, fax or mail certificates of attendance to the AOA Department of Member Services.
Yes. Standardized Life Support courses (including provider, refresher and instructor levels) are eligible for Category 1-A credit. Online standardized courses will be awarded CME credit for the practical part only.
CME is generally awarded in 0.25 credit increments. However, physicians may earn a ½ credit per issue for each medical journal read or audiotape listened to, and may earn five credits per medical textbook read during a cycle.
Physicians holding non-time-limited certifications must complete 120 credit hours in the 2019-2021 CME cycle. Physicians holding time-limited certifications or voluntarily participating in OCC must complete the requirements of their individual certifying board. AOA members can log in to view current CME progress.
AOA members may view their CME reports by visiting Osteopathic.org and logging in with their AOA username and password. Members may also contact the AOA’s Member Resource Center (MRC) at (888) 62-MYAOA (888-626-9262) to have their report emailed or faxed. CME reports are free of charge and available to AOA members only.
Members who have not created an account to view their CME Activity Report should contact the AOA’s MRC at (888) 62-MYAOA (888-626-9262) to obtain a password.
The following are ineligible for AOA CME credit:
For a listing of upcoming programs that are eligible for Category 1-A credit, please refer to our CME Search tool.
A variety of activities may count for AOA Category 1-A credit. See the 2019-2021 CME Guide for more information.
For other questions, please contact AOA’s Member Resource Center (MRC) at (888) 62-MYAOA (888-626-9262) or MemberService@osteopathic.org.