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.
To complete component 2 requirements in the primary specialty of Emergency Medicine, a physician must earn 150 CME credits per AOA CME cycle, of which at least 50 credits must be in emergency medicine CME. Starting in the 2019-2021 AOA CME Cycle, diplomates will be required to earn at least 60 emergency medicine CME credits. The total requirement of 150 CME credits will remain the same.
Physicians must also complete at least 8 COLA modules per 10-year OCC cycle by reading assigned articles from emergency medicine literature and completing an online exam about them. COLA modules cover key content areas from the Emergency Medicine OCC Cognitive Exam, as well as physician communication and interpersonal skills, cultural competency, and system-based-practice.
- If your certification expires in 2019 or earlier, you must take 8 COLA modules and pass at least 6.
- If your certification expires in 2020 or after, you must take and pass 8 COLA modules.
COLA modules cost $105 when they’re first posted, with one new module posted every year. Once a COLA module has been posted for three years, the price doubles to $210. This is to encourage diplomates to take COLA modules frequently and complete them promptly.
If you are unsuccessful in passing a COLA module after 3 attempts, you may pay the module fee again to receive another 3 opportunities to pass the module.
Physicians receive 8 AOA 1-B CME credits for each COLA module they complete successfully. For each module you complete, the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians will submit documentation to the AOA on your behalf and the AOA will note the CME credits you’ve earned.
Preparing to Take COLA Modules
Before taking your selected COLA modules, you can get familiar with the material by reading an outline of the topics covered in each module. You can also view the journal articles and other references used to develop each COLA module below:
COLA modules 2015 and older will count towards your requirement, but the content is no longer available.
Once you’re ready to get started, complete the COLA Exam Application below. On the next business day, you’ll receive an email with the login credentials you’ll use to access the COLA modules.
COLA Module Results
You can view your results for COLA modules by logging in to the AOBEM Certification Exams page and selecting the My COLA History tab.
In addition to the requirements above, subspecialty diplomates must:
- Earn at least 25% of their required CME credits in their subspecialty area, either Emergency Medical Services or Medical Toxicology. For the 2016-2018 AOA CME cycle, this means subspecialty diplomates must earn at least 13 credits in their subspecialty area. For the 2019-2021 AOA CME Cycle, diplomates will need to earn at least 15 credits in their subspecialty area. Please note, subspecialty credit will also count toward the overall specialty requirement.