CME CME Guide Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose

2016-18 CME Guide

CME Guide outlines purpose of AOA continuing medical education

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 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:

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.

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