Lifelong Learning (Component 2): Lifelong Learning/Continuing Medical Education


Component 2 of the Osteopathic Continuous Certification process requires recertifying physicians to pursue lifelong learning through continuing medical education.

June 2020 UPDATE: AOA announces CME policy changes due to COVID-19

Recognizing the significant burden placed on physician practices by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Committee of the AOA Board of Trustees has approved the following policy changes for the 2019-2021 CME cycle.

  • At the end of the 2019-21 CME cycle, up to 15 AOA category 1-B credits will be converted to AOA category 1-A credits on an hour for hour basis. Please note the credit adjustment will not appear on CME reports until the end of the current cycle. At that time, reports will be updated to display credit totals with and without the adjustment to preserve accuracy of reporting for non-AOA use, such as verification for state licensure.
  • The maximum number of AOA category 1-B credits that may be earned for committee and hospital work (as described in the 2019-2021 CME Guide for Osteopathic Physicians) has been raised from 5 to 10.

Primary and Subspecialty Certification

To complete Component 2 requirements in the primary specialty of Anesthesiology and the subspecialties of Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management and Pediatric Anesthesiology, diplomates with time-limited certificates must earn 75 CME credits in the 2019-2021 AOA CME cycle, of which at least 18 CME credits must be AOA Category 1-A.

Diplomates with non-time-limited certificates must complete 120 CME credits in the 2019-2021 AOA CME cycle. For details and additional information, you may view the AOA CME Guide. You can also view your status for all OCC components, including Component 2, by logging into the AOA Physician Portal.

The requirement for the 2016-2018 CME cycle and earlier for all diplomates was 120 CME credits per three-year AOA CME cycle. Fifty of those credits must have been in the primary specialty of Anesthesiology. For subspecialty certification, 12.5 of the CME credits must have been in the diplomate’s subspecialty.