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Online CME

2016-18 CME Guide

CME Guide outlines policies for online education activities

DOs can earn up to 15 Category 1-A credits through real time interactive live online CME conferences or case presentations.

NOTE: The following CME Policy Updates were placed in effect following publication of the 2016-18 AOA CME Guide.

  • The requirement that physicians earn 120 general CME credits per three-year CME cycle to maintain membership is no longer being enforced per a vote from the AOA Board of Trustees on July 21, 2016. The change was made to lessen the burden of required CME reporting for physicians.
  • If you’re AOA board certified, you must follow your specialty board’s CME requirements in order to maintain your board certification. Currently, AOA certification boards require physicians to earn 120-150 credits per CME cycle, with at least 50 of those credits in your specialty area. For details on requirements in your specialty, check with your certification board.
  • In the upcoming 2019-2021 CME cycle, physicians will be required to earn at least 60 specialty CME credits from AOA- or ACGME-accredited sponsors. Individual AOA certifying boards may implement additional requirements, including osteopathic-specific CME requirements. The AOA Board of Osteopathic Specialists is determining how this change will be implemented. Check with your certifying board for details on requirements in your specialty. Learn more in the Board of Trustees Resolution on CME for Osteopathic Continuous Certification, passed in March 2017.

From the CME Guide:

Osteopathic physicians may earn up to fifteen (15) credits of their Category 1-A requirement from real time interactive Internet CME, e.g., live programs per CME cycle. This is an increase from the previous 2013-2015 CME cycle which allowed nine (9) hours of the required thirty (30) Category 1-A credits to be obtained from interactive Internet CME programs.

Interactive CME

Category 1-A credit will be awarded for interactive, e.g., live online CME Conferences or case presentations, which includes both an online pre-test and post-test and allows the participant to ask questions of the presenter in either real-time or the presenter must respond to submitted questions within (48) hours of the presentation.

The CME event must meet AOA quality guidelines as defined in the AOA Accreditation Requirements for AOA Category 1 CME Sponsors, Page 9-11, including the faculty/hours, and sponsorship requirements.

Category 2-A credit will be awarded to real-time, interactive, e.g., live, online CME conferences not meeting the faculty hour requirements that are produced by CME providers accredited by ACCME for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or approved by the AAFP.

To receive credit for interactive Internet CME, osteopathic physicians must participate and successfully complete a post-test provided by the CME Sponsor. A pass rate of 70% will qualify the physician for credit. Should the physician complete the post-test unsuccessfully, he or she may retake the test up to three times to achieve this score.

Upon successful completion of the post-test, the AOA–accredited Category 1 CME Sponsor will report the appropriate CME credit to the AOA’s Department of Client and Member Services for inclusion in the physician’s CME Activity Report.

Non-Interactive CME

Category 1-B credit will be awarded to audio and video programs on the Internet sponsored by AOA-accredited Category 1 CME sponsors that meet the AOA quality guidelines as defined in the AOA Accreditation Requirements for AOA Category 1 CME Sponsors, Pages-11, that meet the faculty/hours requirement. These courses are typically programs that are available on an on demand schedule and are not a real-time, interactive simultaneous conference. To qualify for 1-B credit, attendees must complete a pre-test and post-test.

To receive 1-B credit for interactive Non-Internet CME, osteopathic physicians must participate and successfully complete a post-test provided by the CME Sponsor. A pass rate of 70% will qualify the physician for credit. Should the physician complete the post-test unsuccessfully, he or she may retake the test up to three times to achieve this score.

Upon successful completion of the post-test, the AOA–accredited Category 1 CME Sponsor will report the appropriate CME credit to the AOA’s Department of Client and Member Services for inclusion in the physician’s CME Activity Report.

Category 2-B credit will also be awarded to journal-type CME on the Internet that is produced by an AOA-accredited sponsor, ACCME accredited provider for AMA PRA Category 1 ™, or approved by the AAFP. These courses are essentially static, textbook type programs. They may have hypertext jumps to help the reader pursue specific information.

The AOA Council on CME reserves the right to evaluate each interactive CME Internet program and activity and to deny CME credit at its discretion.

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