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Content Category: CME


CME for Dormant Specialty Boards

2019-21 CME GUIDE

Requirements for DOs who hold time-limited certificates from dormant specialty boards

Learn how much overall and specialty-specific CME you need to earn beginning in the 2019-2021 CME cycle.

Due to the small numbers of physicians training in the specialties, the following specialty certifying boards are in dormant status, or will become so later in 2019:

  • American Osteopathic Board of Nuclear Medicine (AOBNM)
  • American Osteopathic Board of Proctology (AOBPr)

In addition, the following subspecialties under the American Ostepoathic Board of Pediatrics (AOBP) are in dormant status:

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Pediatric Pulmonology

Physicians who hold active time-limited certificates in these specialties will have the following CME requirements beginning in the 2019-2021 CME cycle:

  • 120 total CME credits per 3-year AOA CME cycle
  • Of the total 120 credits required, a minimum of 25% must be specialty-specific*

* Specialty-specific CME will be verified by the diplomate via a self-attestation form, subject to random audit by the AOA.

Physicians who need a copy of the self-attestation form should contact to request a copy.


Standardized Life Support Courses

2019-21 CME GUIDE

Earn CME for completing coursework in standardized life support

Find out how much credit you'll receive if your certificate of completion does not specify a number of credits.

If a physician submits a certificate of completion for a standardized life support course, the amount of CME designated will be recognized by the AOA. In cases where the certificate of completion does not list a specific number of credits, CME will be awarded per the categories listed below.

Standardized Life Support Course CME Credit
Course name Provider course Refresher course Instructor course
Advanced Trauma Life Support 17 8 11
Advanced Cardiac Life Support 12 6 8
Basic Life Support 4 2 8
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (AHA) or Advanced Pediatric Life Support (AAP) 14 8 9
Neonatal Advanced Life Support 8 4 6
Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics 17 8 9
Adult Fundamentals of Critical Care Support 13 8 13
Pediatric Fundamentals of Critical Care Life Support 13 8 13
Advanced HAZMAT Life Support 24 24 31
Advanced Burn Life Support 7 7 4.5
Basic Disaster Life Support 7.5 7.5 7.5
Advanced Disaster Life Support 15.5 15.5 4

Non-qualifying Activities

2019-2021 CME Guide

The following activities are not eligible for CME credit

Learn to distinguish between CME-eligible and non-CME-eligible professional service opportunities.

The following activities do not qualify for credit toward CME requirements:

  • Volunteer work
    The AOA applauds volunteerism, but such work does not qualify for CME credit.
  • Medical facility tours
  • Healthcare committee and departmental meetings
    These meetings do not qualify for CME credit unless they fall under the activities listed in “Committee and Hospital Staff Work.”
  • Osteopathic state licensing board participation
  • Inspections
  • Physician administrative training
  • Quality assessment programs
    While participation in quality assessment programs does not quality for CME credit, participation in quality improvement and quality assessment programs may count for OCC Component 4 credit through the Quality Improvement Activity attestation.
  • Observation at medical centers
  • Medical economics courses