Physicians should consult their specialty boards to learn about CME requirements for maintaining board certification.
NOTE: The following CME Policy Updates were placed in effect following publication of the 2016-18 AOA CME Guide.
All members of the AOA are required to participate in the Continuing Medical Education program and to meet specified CME credit hour requirements for the 2016-2018 CME cycle, unless exempted from this process by disability or membership status.
One hundred and twenty (120) CME credits are required for membership in the American Osteopathic Association within this three-year cycle, beginning January 1, 2016 and ending December 31, 2018. Of this total, thirty (30) CME credits must be obtained in Category 1-A and the remaining ninety (90) CME credits may be obtained with either Category 1-A, 1-B, 2-A, or 2-B credits. Physicians entering the program in mid-cycle will have their credit requirements prorated. A physician’s CME Activity Report will outline his or her total CME requirement and the amount of credits required in categories 1 and 2.
Members who obtain one hundred and fifty (150) credits or more of AOA approved applicable CME credit in a three-year CME cycle will be given a certificate of excellence in CME. These hours must be earned by December 31, but reported no later than May 31 following the close of the current CME cycle.
AOA recognizes that members holding specialty or subspecialty certificates in specialties with less than three hundred (300) certificate holders may have difficulty accruing the required number of AOA 1-A credits for maintenance of membership. In such cases, members may apply AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or AAFP category 1 credits to their AOA 1-A credit requirement up to the maximum of 15 CME credits per cycle to meet the Category 1-A credit requirement for membership.
To qualify for AOA Category 1-A CME credit under this policy the following criteria must be met:
To request eligibility in this program, physicians should contact their certifying board. Specialty colleges may petition the Council on Continuing Medical Education (CCME) to have members exempted from the current policy if that specialty college feels that sufficient CME is available in the specialty or subspecialty listed for exemption. To do this, specialty affiliates must submit a detailed list of courses which provide CME that meets the needs of the specialty or subspecialty physicians. Note: This exemption only applies to the thirty (30) Categories 1-A CME credits required for membership in the AOA.
The acceptance of ACCME accredited provider for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™; AAFP, or credits from any other certifying body by the CCME in order fulfill AOA CME requirement does not convert said credits to AOA credits.