OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

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AOBFP OCC Requirements Guide

The following list outlines OCC requirements for AOA Board Certification issued by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP). NOTE: An OCC annual fee of $225 will be issued starting in 2022 for Component 3 – Longitudinal Assessment. View FAQs about the Longitudinal Assessment.

Select the expiration date for your initial certification or recertification:

Expires in 2021

You currently hold an 8-year certificate. All your OCC requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2021.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, U.S. territory or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment):

Diplomates must pass the 200-question cognitive exam.

If you passed this exam in 2019 or 2020, you have fulfilled this requirement. You will be required to begin participation in Longitudinal Assessment in 2022.

If you passed the cognitive exam in 2021, you have fulfilled this requirement. You will be required to begin participation in Longitudinal Assessment in 2023.

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete four of the following activities:

  • ACOFP modules
    $525 each
  • NBOME modules
    $525 each
  • Attestation (No Fee)
    Note: Only one attestation is allowed.

View Component 4 Attestation FAQs.

If you have not registered for your required module/modules, please apply.

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

There are two pathways available to AOBFP diplomates who hold an active FP/OMT board certification to fulfill the OCC Component 3 requirement to maintain their Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) certification.

Diplomates can opt to:

  • Successfully pass one (1) performance examination every nine (9) years, and complete and pass one (1) OMT longitudinal assessment module every three (3) years.

OR

  • Complete eight (8) hours of AOBFP-approved OMT hands-on training every nine (9) years, and complete and pass one (1) OMT longitudinal assessment module every three (3) years.
  1. Diplomates will be assessed an OCC annual fee of $225. Fees associated with the performance exam or OMT hands-on training are not included in the OCC annual fee.
  2. Category 1A CME credits can be earned with either pathway choice.
  3. The OMT longitudinal assessment module can be done in place of one of the other assessment modules as part of OCC Component 3 requirements. It is not an additional module to be done.
  4. The Registration fee for OMT performance exam is $400.

Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last three years of certification.

Expires in 2022

You currently hold an 8-year certificate. All your OCC requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2022.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, U.S. territory or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

You will need to begin participation in Longitudinal Assessment beginning in January 2022.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters by Dec. 31, 2022.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opened October 1, 2021
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete four modules before your expiration date. You may substitute one (1) QI attestation for one of the required modules during each cycle.

Below are the requirements based on diplomate’s expiration date:

Certification Expiration Date Component 4 Requirement
12/31/2023 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
12/31/2024 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
12/31/2025 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
12/31/2026 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
  • ACOFP modules ($525 each)
    • Coronary Artery Disease
    •  Hypertension
    • Low Back Pain
    • Diabetes
  • NBOME modules ($525 each)
    • Evaluation and Management of Patient with Diabetes and Obesity
    • Medication Safety and Communication
    • Evaluation and Management of Patient with Hypertension
  • QI Attestation (no fee)
    Note: Only one attestation is allowed

What is a Quality Improvement (QI) Activity?

Quality improvement (QI) consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in healthcare services and the status of targeted patient groups. QI activities can be completed within your institution or as part of a national initiative. OCC Component 4 requires that you engage in continuous quality improvement through the comparison of personal practice performance measured against national standards for your medical specialty.

View Component 4 Attestation FAQs.

If you have not registered for your required module/modules, please apply.

Requirements to Maintain Family Medicine Certification and OMT

Since your current Certification expires 2022, you are not required to fulfill the OCC requirement to maintain your OMT certificate and it will remain active through your current expiration date. Once you receive your new 9-year certificate, you will be required to satisfy the requirements to maintain the OMT Certification. To view your specific activities and verify you are on track to recertify, please log-in to your physician portal. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our office at aobfp@osteopathic.org.

Expires in 2023

You currently hold an 8-year certificate. All your OCC requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2023.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, U.S. territory or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

Your participation in Longitudinal Assessment must begin January 2023.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters by Sept. 30, 2023.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens October 1, 2022
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete four modules before your expiration date. You may substitute one (1) QI attestation for one of the required modules during each cycle.

Below are the requirements based on diplomate’s expiration date:

Certification Expiration Date Component 4 Requirement
12/31/2023 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
12/31/2024 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
12/31/2025 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
12/31/2026 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
  • ACOFP modules ($525 each)
    • Coronary Artery Disease
    •  Hypertension
    • Low Back Pain
    • Diabetes
  • NBOME modules ($525 each)
    • Evaluation and Management of Patient with Diabetes and Obesity
    • Medication Safety and Communication
    • Evaluation and Management of Patient with Hypertension
  • QI Attestation (no fee)
    Note: Only one attestation is allowed

What is a Quality Improvement (QI) Activity?

Quality improvement (QI) consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in healthcare services and the status of targeted patient groups. QI activities can be completed within your institution or as part of a national initiative. OCC Component 4 requires that you engage in continuous quality improvement through the comparison of personal practice performance measured against national standards for your medical specialty.

View Component 4 Attestation FAQs.

If you have not registered for your required module/modules, please apply.

Requirements to Maintain Family Medicine Certification and OMT

Since your current Certification expires 2023, you are not required to fulfill the OCC requirement to maintain your OMT certificate and it will remain active through your current expiration date. Once you receive your new 9-year certificate, you will be required to satisfy the requirements to maintain the OMT Certification. To view your specific activities and verify you are on track to recertify, please log-in to your physician portal. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our office at aobfp@osteopathic.org.

Expires in 2024

You currently hold an 8-year certificate. All your OCC requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2024.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, U.S. territory or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

Your participation in Longitudinal Assessment must begin January 2024.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters by Sept. 30, 2024.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – September (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens October 1, 2023
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete four modules before your expiration date. You may substitute one (1) QI attestation for one of the required modules during each cycle.

Below are the requirements based on diplomate’s expiration date:

Certification Expiration Date Component 4 Requirement
12/31/2023 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
12/31/2024 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
12/31/2025 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
12/31/2026 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
  • ACOFP modules ($525 each)
    • Coronary Artery Disease
    •  Hypertension
    • Low Back Pain
    • Diabetes
  • NBOME modules ($525 each)
    • Evaluation and Management of Patient with Diabetes and Obesity
    • Medication Safety and Communication
    • Evaluation and Management of Patient with Hypertension
  • QI Attestation (no fee)
    Note: Only one attestation is allowed

What is a Quality Improvement (QI) Activity?

Quality improvement (QI) consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in healthcare services and the status of targeted patient groups. QI activities can be completed within your institution or as part of a national initiative. OCC Component 4 requires that you engage in continuous quality improvement through the comparison of personal practice performance measured against national standards for your medical specialty.

View Component 4 Attestation FAQs.

If you have not registered for your required module/modules, please apply.

Requirements to Maintain Family Medicine Certification and OMT

Since your current Certification expires 2024, you are not required to fulfill the OCC requirement to maintain your OMT certificate and it will remain active through your current expiration date. Once you receive your new 9-year certificate, you will be required to satisfy the requirements to maintain the OMT Certification. To view your specific activities and verify you are on track to recertify, please log-in to your physician portal. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our office at aobfp@osteopathic.org.

Expires in 2025

You currently hold an 8-year certificate. All your OCC requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2025.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, U.S. territory or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

Your participation in Longitudinal Assessment must begin January 2025.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters by Sept. 30, 2025.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens October 1, 2024
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete four modules before your expiration date. You may substitute one (1) QI attestation for one of the required modules during each cycle.

Below are the requirements based on diplomate’s expiration date:

Certification Expiration Date Component 4 Requirement
12/31/2023 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
12/31/2024 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
12/31/2025 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
12/31/2026 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
  • ACOFP modules ($525 each)
    • Coronary Artery Disease
    •  Hypertension
    • Low Back Pain
    • Diabetes
  • NBOME modules ($525 each)
    • Evaluation and Management of Patient with Diabetes and Obesity
    • Medication Safety and Communication
    • Evaluation and Management of Patient with Hypertension
  • QI Attestation (no fee)
    Note: Only one attestation is allowed

What is a Quality Improvement (QI) Activity?

Quality improvement (QI) consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in healthcare services and the status of targeted patient groups. QI activities can be completed within your institution or as part of a national initiative. OCC Component 4 requires that you engage in continuous quality improvement through the comparison of personal practice performance measured against national standards for your medical specialty.

View Component 4 Attestation FAQs.

If you have not registered for your required module/modules, please apply.

Requirements to Maintain Family Medicine Certification and OMT

Since your current Certification expires 2025, you are not required to fulfill the OCC requirement to maintain your OMT certificate and it will remain active through your current expiration date. Once you receive your new 9-year certificate, you will be required to satisfy the requirements to maintain the OMT Certification. To view your specific activities and verify you are on track to recertify, please log-in to your physician portal. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our office at aobfp@osteopathic.org.

Expires in 2026

You currently hold an 8-year certificate. All your OCC requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2026.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, U.S. territory or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

  • You must complete a total of three quarters by Sept. 30, 2026.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens October 1, 2025
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required.
  • Your participation in Longitudinal Assessment must begin Jan. 2026.
  • View Longitudinal Assessment FAQs.

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete four modules before your expiration date. You may substitute one (1) QI attestation for one of the required modules during each cycle.

Below are the requirements based on diplomate’s expiration date:

Certification Expiration Date Component 4 Requirement
12/31/2023 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
12/31/2024 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
12/31/2025 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
12/31/2026 Complete four modules. One (1) QI attestation completed in the past three years can count towards the four required.
  • ACOFP modules ($525 each)
    • Coronary Artery Disease
    •  Hypertension
    • Low Back Pain
    • Diabetes
  • NBOME modules ($525 each)
    • Evaluation and Management of Patient with Diabetes and Obesity
    • Medication Safety and Communication
    • Evaluation and Management of Patient with Hypertension
  • QI Attestation (no fee)
    Note: Only one attestation is allowed

What is a Quality Improvement (QI) Activity?

Quality improvement (QI) consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in healthcare services and the status of targeted patient groups. QI activities can be completed within your institution or as part of a national initiative. OCC Component 4 requires that you engage in continuous quality improvement through the comparison of personal practice performance measured against national standards for your medical specialty.

View Component 4 Attestation FAQs.

If you have not registered for your required module/modules, please apply.

Requirements to Maintain Family Medicine Certification and OMT

Since your current Certification expires 2026, you are not required to fulfill the OCC requirement to maintain your OMT certificate and it will remain active through your current expiration date. Once you receive your new 9-year certificate, you will be required to satisfy the requirements to maintain the OMT Certification. To view your specific activities and verify you are on track to recertify, please log-in to your physician portal. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our office at aobfp@osteopathic.org.

 

Expires in 2027

If your initial certification or recertification expires in 2027, You currently hold a 9-year certificate. You are required to meet the following criteria for Osteopathic Continuous Certification.

Component 1 (Active Licensure)

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, U.S. territory or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning)

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment)

  • Active participation in Longitudinal Assessment must start January 2022.
  • You must complete a total of three quarters annually by Sept. 30.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens Oct. 1
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement)

You are required to complete one Quality Improvement Activity every three years. There is no additional fee.

QI Schedule (Based on three-year cycles)
EXPIRATION FIRST CYCLE SECOND CYCLE THIRD CYCLE
2027 2019-2021 2022-2024 2025-2027
2028 2020-2022 2023-2025 2026-2028
2029 2021-2023 2024-2026 2027-2029
2030 2022-2024 2025-2027 2028-2030
2031 2023-2025 2026-2028 2029-2031
2032 2024-2026 2027-2029 2030-2032

What is a Quality Improvement (QI) Activity?

Quality improvement (QI) consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in healthcare services and the status of targeted patient groups. QI activities can be completed within your institution or as part of a national initiative. OCC Component 4 requires that you engage in continuous quality improvement through the comparison of personal practice performance measured against national standards for your medical specialty.

View Component 4 Attestation FAQs.

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

There are two pathways available to AOBFP diplomates who hold an active FP/OMT board certification to fulfill the OCC Component 3 requirement to maintain their Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) certification.

Diplomates can opt to:

  • Successfully pass one (1) performance examination every nine (9) years, and complete and pass one (1) OMT longitudinal assessment module every three (3) years.

OR

  • Complete eight (8) hours of AOBFP-approved OMT hands-on training every nine (9) years, and complete and pass one (1) OMT longitudinal assessment module every three (3) years.

View AOBFP-Approved, Hands-On OMT Training Courses

  1. Diplomates will be assessed an OCC annual fee of $225. Fees associated with the performance exam or OMT hands-on training are not included in the OCC annual fee.
  2. Category 1A CME credits can be earned with either pathway choice.
  3. The OMT longitudinal assessment module can be done in place of one of the other assessment modules as part of OCC Component 3 requirements. It is not an additional module to be done.
  4. The Registration fee for OMT performance exam is $400.

Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last three years of certification.

Expires in 2028

If your initial certification or recertification expires in 2028, you currently hold a 9-year certificate. You are required to meet the following criteria for Osteopathic Continuous Certification.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, U.S. territory or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

Active participation in Longitudinal Assessment must start Jan. 2022.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters annually by Sept. 30.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens Oct. 1
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement):

You are required to complete one Quality Improvement Activity every three years. There is no additional fee.

QI Schedule (Based on three-year cycles)
EXPIRATION FIRST CYCLE SECOND CYCLE THIRD CYCLE
2027 2019-2021 2022-2024 2025-2027
2028 2020-2022 2023-2025 2026-2028
2029 2021-2023 2024-2026 2027-2029
2030 2022-2024 2025-2027 2028-2030
2031 2023-2025 2026-2028 2029-2031
2032 2024-2026 2027-2029 2030-2032

What is a Quality Improvement (QI) Activity?

Quality improvement (QI) consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in healthcare services and the status of targeted patient groups. QI activities can be completed within your institution or as part of a national initiative. OCC Component 4 requires that you engage in continuous quality improvement through the comparison of personal practice performance measured against national standards for your medical specialty.

View Component 4 Attestation FAQs.

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

There are two pathways available to AOBFP diplomates who hold an active FP/OMT board certification to fulfill the OCC Component 3 requirement to maintain their Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) certification.

Diplomates can opt to:

  • Successfully pass one (1) performance examination every nine (9) years, and complete and pass one (1) OMT longitudinal assessment module every three (3) years.

OR

  • Complete eight (8) hours of AOBFP-approved OMT hands-on training every nine (9) years, and complete and pass one (1) OMT longitudinal assessment module every three (3) years.

View AOBFP-Approved, Hands-On OMT Training Courses

  1. Diplomates will be assessed an OCC annual fee of $225. Fees associated with the performance exam or OMT hands-on training are not included in the OCC annual fee.
  2. Category 1A CME credits can be earned with either pathway choice.
  3. The OMT longitudinal assessment module can be done in place of one of the other assessment modules as part of OCC Component 3 requirements. It is not an additional module to be done.
  4. The Registration fee for OMT performance exam is $400.

Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last three years of certification.

Expires in 2029

If your initial certification or recertification expires in 2029, you currently hold a 9-year certificate. You are required to meet the following criteria for Osteopathic Continuous Certification.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, U.S. territory or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

Active participation in Longitudinal Assessment must start Jan. 2022.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters annually by Sept. 30.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens Oct. 1
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement):

You are required to complete one Quality Improvement Activity every three years. There is no additional fee.

QI Schedule (Based on three-year cycles)
EXPIRATION FIRST CYCLE SECOND CYCLE THIRD CYCLE
2027 2019-2021 2022-2024 2025-2027
2028 2020-2022 2023-2025 2026-2028
2029 2021-2023 2024-2026 2027-2029
2030 2022-2024 2025-2027 2028-2030
2031 2023-2025 2026-2028 2029-2031
2032 2024-2026 2027-2029 2030-2032

What is a Quality Improvement (QI) Activity?

Quality improvement (QI) consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in healthcare services and the status of targeted patient groups. QI activities can be completed within your institution or as part of a national initiative. OCC Component 4 requires that you engage in continuous quality improvement through the comparison of personal practice performance measured against national standards for your medical specialty.

View Component 4 Attestation FAQs.

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

There are two pathways available to AOBFP diplomates who hold an active FP/OMT board certification to fulfill the OCC Component 3 requirement to maintain their Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) certification.

Diplomates can opt to:

  • Successfully pass one (1) performance examination every nine (9) years, and complete and pass one (1) OMT longitudinal assessment module every three (3) years.

OR

  • Complete eight (8) hours of AOBFP-approved OMT hands-on training every nine (9) years, and complete and pass one (1) OMT longitudinal assessment module every three (3) years.

View AOBFP-Approved, Hands-On OMT Training Courses

  1. Diplomates will be assessed an OCC annual fee of $225. Fees associated with the performance exam or OMT hands-on training are not included in the OCC annual fee.
  2. Category 1A CME credits can be earned with either pathway choice.
  3. The OMT longitudinal assessment module can be done in place of one of the other assessment modules as part of OCC Component 3 requirements. It is not an additional module to be done.
  4. The Registration fee for OMT performance exam is $400.

Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last three years of certification.

Expires in 2030

If your initial certification or recertification expires in 2030, you currently hold a 9-year certificate. You are required to meet the following criteria for Osteopathic Continuous Certification.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, U.S. territory or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

Active participation in Longitudinal Assessment must start Jan. 2023.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters annually by Sept. 30.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens Oct. 1
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement):

You are required to complete one Quality Improvement Activity every three years. There is no additional fee.

QI Schedule (Based on three-year cycles)
EXPIRATION FIRST CYCLE SECOND CYCLE THIRD CYCLE
2027 2019-2021 2022-2024 2025-2027
2028 2020-2022 2023-2025 2026-2028
2029 2021-2023 2024-2026 2027-2029
2030 2022-2024 2025-2027 2028-2030
2031 2023-2025 2026-2028 2029-2031
2032 2024-2026 2027-2029 2030-2032

What is a Quality Improvement (QI) Activity?

Quality improvement (QI) consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in healthcare services and the status of targeted patient groups. QI activities can be completed within your institution or as part of a national initiative. OCC Component 4 requires that you engage in continuous quality improvement through the comparison of personal practice performance measured against national standards for your medical specialty.

View Component 4 Attestation FAQs.

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

There are two pathways available to AOBFP diplomates who hold an active FP/OMT board certification to fulfill the OCC Component 3 requirement to maintain their Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) certification.

Diplomates can opt to:

  • Successfully pass one (1) performance examination every nine (9) years, and complete and pass one (1) OMT longitudinal assessment module every three (3) years.

OR

  • Complete eight (8) hours of AOBFP-approved OMT hands-on training every nine (9) years, and complete and pass one (1) OMT longitudinal assessment module every three (3) years.

View AOBFP-Approved, Hands-On OMT Training Courses

  1. Diplomates will be assessed an OCC annual fee of $225. Fees associated with the performance exam or OMT hands-on training are not included in the OCC annual fee.
  2. Category 1A CME credits can be earned with either pathway choice.
  3. The OMT longitudinal assessment module can be done in place of one of the other assessment modules as part of OCC Component 3 requirements. It is not an additional module to be done.
  4. The Registration fee for OMT performance exam is $400.

Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last three years of certification.

Expires in 2031

If your initial certification or recertification expires in 2031, you currently hold a 9-year certificate. You are required to meet the following criteria for Osteopathic Continuous Certification.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, U.S. territory or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

Active participation in Longitudinal Assessment must start January 2024.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters annually by Sept. 30.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens Oct. 1, 2023
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement):

You are required to complete one Quality Improvement Activity every three years. There is no additional fee.

QI Schedule (Based on three-year cycles)
EXPIRATION FIRST CYCLE SECOND CYCLE THIRD CYCLE
2027 2019-2021 2022-2024 2025-2027
2028 2020-2022 2023-2025 2026-2028
2029 2021-2023 2024-2026 2027-2029
2030 2022-2024 2025-2027 2028-2030
2031 2023-2025 2026-2028 2029-2031
2032 2024-2026 2027-2029 2030-2032

What is a Quality Improvement (QI) Activity?

Quality improvement (QI) consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in healthcare services and the status of targeted patient groups. QI activities can be completed within your institution or as part of a national initiative. OCC Component 4 requires that you engage in continuous quality improvement through the comparison of personal practice performance measured against national standards for your medical specialty.

View Component 4 Attestation FAQs.

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

There are two pathways available to AOBFP diplomates who hold an active FP/OMT board certification to fulfill the OCC Component 3 requirement to maintain their Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) certification.

Diplomates can opt to:

  • Successfully pass one (1) performance examination every nine (9) years, and complete and pass one (1) OMT longitudinal assessment module every three (3) years.

OR

  • Complete eight (8) hours of AOBFP-approved OMT hands-on training every nine (9) years, and complete and pass one (1) OMT longitudinal assessment module every three (3) years.

View AOBFP-Approved, Hands-On OMT Training Courses

  1. Diplomates will be assessed an OCC annual fee of $225. Fees associated with the performance exam or OMT hands-on training are not included in the OCC annual fee.
  2. Category 1A CME credits can be earned with either pathway choice.
  3. The OMT longitudinal assessment module can be done in place of one of the other assessment modules as part of OCC Component 3 requirements. It is not an additional module to be done.
  4. The Registration fee for OMT performance exam is $400.

Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last three years of certification.

Expires in 2032

If your initial certification or recertification expires in 2032, you currently hold a 9-year certificate. You are required to meet the following criteria for Osteopathic Continuous Certification.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, U.S. territory or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

Active participation in Longitudinal Assessment must start January 2025.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters annually by Sept. 30.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens Oct. 1, 2024
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement):

You are required to complete one Quality Improvement Activity every three years. There is no additional fee.

QI Schedule (Based on three-year cycles)
EXPIRATION FIRST CYCLE SECOND CYCLE THIRD CYCLE
2027 2019-2021 2022-2024 2025-2027
2028 2020-2022 2023-2025 2026-2028
2029 2021-2023 2024-2026 2027-2029
2030 2022-2024 2025-2027 2028-2030
2031 2023-2025 2026-2028 2029-2031
2032 2024-2026 2027-2029 2030-2032

What is a Quality Improvement (QI) Activity?

Quality improvement (QI) consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in healthcare services and the status of targeted patient groups. QI activities can be completed within your institution or as part of a national initiative. OCC Component 4 requires that you engage in continuous quality improvement through the comparison of personal practice performance measured against national standards for your medical specialty.

View Component 4 Attestation FAQs.

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

There are two pathways available to AOBFP diplomates who hold an active FP/OMT board certification to fulfill the OCC Component 3 requirement to maintain their Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) certification.

Diplomates can opt to:

  • Successfully pass one (1) performance examination every nine (9) years, and complete and pass one (1) OMT longitudinal assessment module every three (3) years.

OR

  • Complete eight (8) hours of AOBFP-approved OMT hands-on training every nine (9) years, and complete and pass one (1) OMT longitudinal assessment module every three (3) years.

View AOBFP-Approved, Hands-On OMT Training Courses

  1. Diplomates will be assessed an OCC annual fee of $225. Fees associated with the performance exam or OMT hands-on training are not included in the OCC annual fee.
  2. Category 1A CME credits can be earned with either pathway choice.
  3. The OMT longitudinal assessment module can be done in place of one of the other assessment modules as part of OCC Component 3 requirements. It is not an additional module to be done.
  4. The Registration fee for OMT performance exam is $400.

Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last three years of certification.

ABMS reciprocity granted before Dec. 31, 2021

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, U.S. territory or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. Requirements will be prorated as defined in the AOA CME Guide.

Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment):

Your participation in Longitudinal Assessment must begin Jan. 2022.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters annually by Sept. 30.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opened July 1, 2021
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement):

You are required to complete one Quality Improvement Activity every three years. There is no additional fee.

View Component 4 Attestation FAQs.

Requirements to Maintain Family Medicine Certification and OMT

Since your current Certification has expired, you are not required to fulfill the OCC requirement to maintain your OMT certificate and it will remain active through your current expiration date. Once you receive your new 9-year certificate, you will be required to satisfy the requirements to maintain the OMT Certification. To view your specific activities and verify you are on track to recertify, please log-in to your physician portal. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our office at aobfp@osteopathic.org.

ABMS reciprocity granted between Jan. 1-Nov. 21, 2022

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, U.S. territory or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. Requirements will be prorated as defined in the AOA CME Guide.

Component 3 (Assessment):

Your participation in Longitudinal Assessment must begin Jan. 2024.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters annually by Sept. 30.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens Oct. 1, 2023
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement)

You are required to complete one Quality Improvement Activity every three years. There is no additional fee.

View Component 4 Attestation FAQs.

Requirements to Maintain Family Medicine Certification and OMT

Since your current Certification has expired, you are not required to fulfill the OCC requirement to maintain your OMT certificate and it will remain active through your current expiration date. Once you receive your new 9-year certificate, you will be required to satisfy the requirements to maintain the OMT Certification. To view your specific activities and verify you are on track to recertify, please log-in to your physician portal. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our office at aobfp@osteopathic.org.