AOA-accredited CME sponsors will report your participation for you. Here's how to report other CME activities you've completed.
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. Reporting of osteopathic CME credit is the responsibility of the approved AOA sponsor.
For non-osteopathic-sponsored ACCME accredited provider for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or AAFP CME 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 Client and Member Services at email@example.com 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, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2018.
The AOA encourages all members to earn 120 credit hours in a three-year cycle, of which 30 CME credits should be recorded in Category 1-A. The remaining 90 credits may be obtained in categories 1-A, 1-B, 2-A, or 2-B. Please note: Osteopathic board-certified physicians must earn at least 50 of their total 120 credits in their primary specialty. 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.
AOA members are exempt from the CME requirement while in a postdoctoral training program. Upon completion of the training program, the CME requirement will be prorated based on the end date of the program.
CME requirements for state licensure differ between states. Please contact the appropriate state licensing board for more information.
AOA encourages all members to earn 120 credit hours in a three-year cycle, of which 30 CME credits should be recorded in Category 1-A.
Osteopathic physicians may earn up to 15 credits of Category 1-A from real time interactive online CME, e.g., live programs per CME cycle.
Osteopathic physicians serving as preceptors/GME faculty in any AOA-approved osteopathic or ACGME-accredited medical education program may be granted Category 1-B credit. A maximum of 60 AOA Category 1-B credits for faculty/preceptoring may be applied to the 120-hour requirement per CME cycle.
Osteopathic physicians who serve as core clinical faculty for graduate medical education programs, regardless of the institutional residency affiliation, may be granted Category 1-B credit. To obtain credit for faculty and core faculty, the institution/hospitals’ Program Director or Director of Medical Education must provide a signed evaluation of the physician’s participation to the AOA Department of Client and Member Services verifying the teaching activity.
No credit is available for preceptoring 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 Client and Member Services.
Yes. Standardized Life Support courses are eligible for a maximum of eight credits of Category 1-A per CME cycle. Any remaining credits left over after the initial eight have been awarded will be recorded as Category 1-B. 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.
AOA Board Certified Physicians
Physicians who are board certified are required to earn a minimum of 50 CME credits within their specialty in each three-year CME cycle. These credits may be earned in Category 1 or Category 2. (Please see your Specialty Board for clarification).
ABMS Board Certified Physicians
Please contact your certifying board for information regarding the use of preceptoring or other credits towards this requirement. Osteopathic physicians may refer to the AOA Specialty Continuing Education (CME) Policy for additional information regarding specialty CME program requirements.
In recognition of AOA members who hold specialty or subspecialty certificates in specialties with less than 300 certificate holders, such members may apply AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or AAFP Category 1 credits to their AOA 1-A credit up to a maximum of 15 CME credits per CME cycle.
To qualify for AOA Category 1-A CME credit under this policy the following criteria must be met:
NOTE: Lists of specialties and subspecialties with less than 300 certified members are available on Osteopathic.org.
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 Customer Resource Center (CRC) 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 CRC at (888) 62-MYAOA (888-626-9262) to obtain a password.
The following are ineligible for AOA CME credit:
Category 1-A credit may be earned by attending formal, face-to-face osteopathic programs that are sponsored by AOA-Accredited Category 1 CME Sponsors. See the list of AOA Category 1 CME Sponsors.
For a listing of upcoming programs that are eligible for Category 1-A credit, please refer to our CME Search tool.
For other questions, please contact AOA’s Customer Resource Center (CRC) at (888) 62-MYAOA (888-626-9262) or firstname.lastname@example.org.