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CME Requirements

2019-21 CME GUIDE

CME Guide outlines requirements for 2019-21 reporting cycle

Physicians should consult their specialty boards to learn about CME requirements for maintaining board certification.

CME Policy Updates

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:

  • Residency and fellowship
  • Exams taken for the purpose of initial board certification
  • Unlimited hours of standardized life support classes

From the CME Guide

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, all American Osteopathic Association specialty certifying boards implemented a continuous certification process for osteopathic physicians, called “Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC).” This “AOA CME Guide for Osteopathic Physicians” is intended to outline the requirements for OCC Component 2: Lifelong Learning/Continuing Medical Education (CME), and the activities that may serve to meet those requirements. These requirements are required of all physicians who hold osteopathic board certification through the AOA and its 18 specialty certifying boards (also known as diplomates).

  • Time-Limited Diplomates certified by the AOA are required to meet specified CME credit hour requirements for the 2019-2021 CME cycle as part of OCC Component 2. The number of CME credits required is set by each specialty certifying board. Physicians entering the program mid-cycle will have their credit requirements prorated. Physicians’ CME activity reports will outline their total CME requirement and the amount of credits required in Categories 1 and 2. Diplomates who hold time-limited certifications must complete the Lifelong Learning/CME requirement in addition to the other components of OCC.
  • For the 2019-2021 AOA CME cycle, all Non-Time-Limited Diplomates will be required to complete 120 total CME regardless of specialty. For those non-time-limited diplomates who choose to voluntarily participate in OCC, due to the increased physician engagement of continuous certification, the reduced requirements will apply.
  • AOA specialty certifying boards will no longer require diplomates to obtain specialty-specific CME during the 2019-2021 CME cycle. All faculty of Category 1-A and Category 2-A CME must be board certified by an AOA or ABMS board or have been appropriately credentialed to qualify as Category 1-A or 2-A.

 

CME Requirements by Specialty Certifying Board per 3-Year AOA Cycle
Specialty board Total requirement Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA ™) requirement Special notes
Anesthesiology (AOBA) 75 credits of CME 18 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME No specific requirement
Dermatology (AOBD) 60 credits of CME 15 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME No specific requirement A maximum of 8 CME credits will be granted for serving as a preceptor
Emergency medicine (AOBEM) 150 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement
Family practice (AOBFP) 150 credits of CME 75 credits must be AOA Category 1 CME. Of that, 25 hours must be AOA Category 1-A CME. Maximum 75 credits can count towards the total
Internal medicine (AOBIM) 60 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement
Neurology & psychiatry (AOBNP) 75 credits of CME 18 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME No specific requirement 18 of the required 75 CME will be waived if a physician attends an American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists (ACONP) annual or mid-year conference
Neuromusculoskeletal medicine (AOBNMM) 60 credits of CME 30 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME No specific requirement
Nuclear medicine (AOBNM) 60 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement
Obstetrics & gynecology (AOBOG) 60 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement
Ophthalmology & otolaryngology (AOBOO) 60 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement
Orthopedic surgery (AOBOS) 60 credits of CME 15 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME No specific requirement
Pathology (AOBPa) 60 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement If a diplomate holds certification in both Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, the total requirement is still 60 credits
Pediatrics (AOBP) 60 credits of CME 15 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME No specific requirement
Physical medicine & rehabilitation (AOBPMR) 60 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement
Preventive medicine (AOBPM) 60 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement
Proctology (AOBPr) 120 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement
Radiology (AOBR) 60 credits of CME 10 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME No specific requirement
Surgery (AOBS) 60 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement

 

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