Continued learning builds skill and knowledge leading to improved health and well-being among patients and the public.
NOTE: The following CME Policy Updates were placed in effect following publication of the 2016-18 AOA CME Guide.
The purpose of AOA Continuing Medical Education (CME) is to maintain and increase the medical knowledge and skills of osteopathic physicians. The ultimate goals of continuing medical education are continued excellence of patient care and improving the health and well-being of the individual patient and the public.
The AOA’s mandatory program of continuing medical education is designed to encourage and assist osteopathic physicians in achieving these objectives and goals.
The AOA’s CME program is implemented by granting credits to osteopathic physicians for participation in approved CME activities sponsored by recognized organizations, institutions and agencies. Specifically excluded from granting credit are educational programs that lead to formal advanced degrees within the profession; these include predoctoral courses in colleges of osteopathic medicine, internships, residencies and fellowships.
Accredited educational activities may be formal or informal, full time or part time activities, which may include, but are not limited to, scientific seminars, workshops, refresher and postgraduate courses, lectures, home study, and local, state, regional and national medical meetings. The American Osteopathic Association grants CME credits to osteopathic physicians for their participation in educational activities that meet specific criteria.