Newly board certified or reactivated physicians will have their CME requirement prorated only for the current AOA CME cycle.
The new standards eliminate the requirement for specialty-specific CME. Each individual certifying board has set its own CME standards for osteopathic continuous certification. In addition, 120 hours of CME per cycle is now required for diplomates holding non-time-limited certification.
Also, changes were made to the types of CME credit awarded for specific activities. CME will now be awarded for:
If it’s your first time being board certified, your CME requirement will be prorated based on the date of certification for the current AOA CME cycle only as follows:
|Initial certification proration|
|Entry date||Prorated requirement|
|Jan. 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019||83%|
|July 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2019||67%|
|Jan. 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020||50%|
|July 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020||33%|
|Jan. 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021||17%|
|July 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2021||No requirement until the 2022-2024 CME cycle|
If you reactivated an expired or inactive certification, your CME requirement will be prorated based on the amount of time the certification was inactive, as follows:
|Reactivated certification proration|
|Length of inactivity||Prorated requirement|
|901–1,096 days||No requirement until the 2022-2024 CME cycle|
Note in cases where the prorated amount does not equal a whole number or number ending in .5, the amount will be rounded down to the nearest half point. Prorations apply to each CME requirement, such as total and category-specific.