OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

Component 2: Lifelong Learning/Continuing Medical Education

Overview

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

Anesthesiology

To complete Component 2 requirements in the primary specialty of Anesthesiology, a physician must fulfill 120 hours of CME over each three-year period that coincides with the AOA CME cycle. Of those 120 hours, 50 must be earned in the specialty of Anesthesiology. These hours can be earned through a combination of the following:

  • OMED, the annual medical conference hosted by the AOA
  • American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiology seminars and conventions,
  • AOCA Midyear Conference held each March, and AOCA Annual Conference held each fall.
  • AIDS seminar: 5 credit hours are applicable.
  • Risk Management seminar: 5 credit hours are applicable.
  • State society seminars: 25 credit hours are applicable.
  • Medical journals: 20 credit hours applicable if related to your specialty. Half the credit hours are applicable if the journal provides general medical knowledge.
  • Exhibits (commercial and scientific at any osteopathic meeting): 5 credit hours are applicable.
  • ACGME courses: 50 credit hours available if related to your specialty.
  • Teaching: 25 credit hours are applicable.
  • BLS/ACLS/PALS: All credit hours are applicable.
  • Participation in AOBA oral and/or clinical exams: Maximum of 10 category 1-B credits applicable per AOA CME cycle.

Critical Care Medicine

OCC Component 2 requirements for the subspecialty of Critical Care are as follows:

  • Physicians must meet OCC requirements for maintenance of primary certification in Anesthesiology.
  • Of the 50 hours of specialty CME required for maintenance of primary board certification, 12.5 hours must earned specifically in the area of Critical Care Medicine.

Pain Management

OCC Component 2 requirements for the subspecialty of Pain Management are as follows:

  • Physicians must meet OCC requirements for maintenance of primary certification in Anesthesiology.
  • Of the 50 hours of specialty CME required for maintenance of primary board certification, 12.5 hours must earned specifically in the area of Pain Management.

Pediatric Anesthesiology

OCC Component 2 requirements for the subspecialty of Pediatric Anesthesiology are as follows:

  • Physicians must meet OCC requirements for maintenance of primary certification in Anesthesiology.
  • Of the 50 hours of specialty CME required for maintenance of primary board certification, 12.5 hours must earned specifically in the area of Pediatric Anesthesiology.