OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

Why are CME requirements for the AOA cycle different from AOBFP requirements?

As a specialty board of the AOA, AOBFP has the authority to stipulate additional CME credit hour requirements for diplomates certified in family medicine. The AOBFP requires 150 credits. At least 75 of those must be in category 1 and 25 must be in category 1-A.

Can you send me a copy of my certificate?

One certificate confirming certification, osteopathic continuous certification (recertification) or CAQ status is forwarded to the diplomate at no charge within four months of the notice from the AOA awarding certification by the AOA’s Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists. Family practice certification certificates issued prior to Match 1997 are not time-dated. Certificates dated March 1997 and thereafter expire eight years from the issuance date.

CAQ certificates in addiction medicine and sports-medicine are time-limited for 10 years. The CAQ certificate in Adolescent and Young Adult Medciine and the CAQ certificate in Geriatric Medicine are time-dated for ten years if issued after Dec. 1, 1995.

Reissued certificates may be ordered directly on the Physician Portal with your AOA user name and password. Certificates cost $50 each and the processing time is 8-12 weeks.

How can I verify my certification status?

Contact the AOA Customer Resource Center at (888) 62-MYAOA to verify your status. In order to request an official physician profile, which provides primary source verification of your certification status, education and AOA membership, send an email to credentials@AOAprofiles.org.