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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 120 CME credits per three-year AOA CME cycle. The total 120 credits can consist of a combination of AOA Category 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, or AAFP credits; however, the following stipulations apply:

  • 30 credits must be AOA Category 1A,
  • an additional 30 credits can be either AOA Category 1A or 1B, and
  • the remaining 60 required credits are flexible, e.g. 60 out of the total required 120 credits can be either AOA Category 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B or AAFP credits. Thus, these credits may include AAFP or ACCME accredited activities as defined by the AOA CME Guide.

Subspecialty/CAQ Certification

Subspecialty/CAQ certifications must abide by the requirement of their primary certification board. There is no additional CME required to maintain a conjoint certification.