Exempted members included physicians who are retired, currently in training or active duty members of the military.
NOTE: The following CME Policy Updates were placed in effect following publication of the 2016-18 AOA CME Guide.
AOA members exempted from the CME program requirements include:
AOA Life Members in active practice are not exempted from the CME requirement.
The Council on CME is aware of the difficulty osteopathic physicians in the military, Veterans Administration, and U.S. Public Health Service may have in acquiring
osteopathic continuing medical education. The Uniformed Services encourages osteopathic physicians to fulfill his or her obligation to CME and the AOA believes it is
essential that an osteopathic physician obtain a portion of this education in osteopathic sponsored programs. Therefore, AOA required physicians on active duty to obtain a minimum of five (5) CME credits per year, or fifteen (15) of the thirty (30) required Category 1-A hours per three-year cycle, be received in osteopathic venues.
This reduction is available only to those physicians on active duty who have accumulated a total of one hundred and twenty credits (120) hours of CME and who request said reduction from the Council on CME. The total CME requirement will be proportionally adjusted for time spent out of the United States.
Osteopathic physicians serving in the uniformed services, who are engaged in active military operations, may be granted a waiver of his or her AOA CME requirement for membership if that physician is CME deficient at the end of the current CME cycle.
Any osteopathic physician, other than career military personnel, who is called to active duty, emergency need duty, military operation, or placed on stand-by, and is CME deficient at the end of a CME cycle, may request to have his or her CME requirement waived or reduced.
In the event that a physician is prevented from obtaining sufficient credit, e.g., serious illness, financial, or family problems, he/she is urged to report this to the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education and the AOA, as they may qualify for a reduction in the requirements. Changes in a physician’s practice status at the beginning of the CME cycle may reduce his or her AOA CME requirement. For additional information on extenuating circumstances, please contact the AOA Department of Client and Member Services at (888) 62-MYAOA (888-626-9262).
AOA exemptions or reductions in the number of required credits, for membership or certification, do not affect individual state CME licensing requirements. The Council on CME will grant no reductions of CME credit hours without due cause unless policy advises otherwise.