Component 2: Lifelong Learning/Continuing Medical Education


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

Primary Certification

To complete component 2 requirements in the primary specialty of Family Medicine, a physician must earn 150 CME credits per three-year AOA CME cycle, of which at least 75 credits must be Category 1 with at least 25 of those credits in Category 1-A. See the AOA CME Guide for details and additional information.

Subspecialty/CAQ Certification

In addition to the requirements above, subspecialty diplomates must:

  • Earn at least 13 of their required CME credits in each of their subspecialty areas. Please note, subspecialty credit will also count toward the overall specialty requirement.