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CME CME Guide CME Exemptions, Reductions & Waivers

CME Exemptions, Reductions & Waivers

2019-21 CME GUIDE

Common situations that may require a CME reduction or waiver

Exempted diplomates include physicians who are retired or active duty members of the military.

AOA exemptions or reductions in the number of required credits for certification do not affect individual state CME licensing requirements. The BOS will grant no reductions of CME credit hours without due cause unless policy advises otherwise.

Below is a list of common situations that may result in a reduction or waiver of the Lifelong Learning/CME requirement for OCC. For situations other than those listed below, please contact your AOA specialty certifying board.

Reduction/Waiver Policies
Type Reduction/Waiver
Retirement • Diplomates who place their certification into official “retired” status will not have a Lifelong Learning/CME requirement
• Certificates returned to “active” status from “retired” status will have a prorated requirement 
Military (non-career military personnel, includes physicians called to active duty, emergency need duty, military operation,or placed on stand by) • Reduction of 1/6 of all requirements for every 6 months of qualifying service
• Military orders, including anticipated length of service (or final length of service if at the conclusion of service) are required to qualify for this reduction
Military (assigned to positions other than his/her specialty) • Reduction of 1/6 of all requirements for every 6 months of qualifying service
• Military orders, including anticipated length of service (or final length of service if at the conclusion of service) are required to qualify for this reduction
Military (career military personnel, including Veterans Administration and U.S. Public Health Service) • The BOS is aware of the difficulty physicians in the military have in acquiring osteopathic CME. If a military physician is deficient at the end of the CME cycle, a waiver of the remaining requirement may be granted
Working outside the geographical boundaries of the United States and Canada (includes missionary service) • To qualify, a diplomate must be out of the country for a minimum of six continuous months and provide documentation from an employer or volunteer/missionary work with dates of service
• 6-12 months’ service = 1/3 reduction in each requirement
• 1-3 years’ service = 50% reduction in each requirement (maximum allowed is 50%)
Full medical disability (permanent-no intention to return to work) • Diplomate must provide letter from a treating physician.
• 100% of the requirement is waived
• If a disabled physician ever returns to practice (even in an administrative position), they will have a prorated requirement
Medical disability (temporary – e.g. unable to work currently, but anticipating eventual return to work) • Diplomate must provide letter from a treating physician.
• Up to 12 months’ illness = 1/3 reduction in each requirement
• 13-24 months’ illness = 2/3 reduction in each requirement
• 25-36 months’ illness = 100% waived
Maternity/paternity leave • Documentation of approved FMLA from employer required. (For self-employed physicians, documentation from a treating provider may be submitted in lieu of FMLA paperwork)
• 25% reduction in each requirement for diplomates who have taken maternity/paternity leave during the CME cycle
Other extenuating circumstances • In the event that a diplomate is facing circumstances that prevent them from obtaining sufficient credit, he/she is urged to contact the AOA Department of Client and Member Services at (888) 62-MYAOA (888-626-9262) or MemberService@osteopathic.org, as he/she 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
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