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.

June 2020 Update: AOA announces CME policy changes due to COVID-19

Recognizing the significant burden placed on physician practices by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Committee of the AOA Board of Trustees has approved the following policy changes for the 2019-2021 CME cycle.

  • At the end of the 2019-21 CME cycle, up to 15 AOA category 1-B credits will be converted to AOA category 1-A credits on an hour for hour basis. Please note the credit adjustment will not appear on CME reports until the end of the current cycle. At that time, reports will be updated to display credit totals with and without the adjustment to preserve accuracy of reporting for non-AOA use, such as verification for state licensure.
  • The maximum number of AOA category 1-B credits that may be earned for committee and hospital work (as described in the 2019-2021 CME Guide for Osteopathic Physicians) has been raised from 5 to 10.

Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

For the 2019-21 cycle:

  • All diplomates must fulfill 60 CME hours in each three-year AOA CME cycle. Of the 60 CME hours required, a minimum of 30 must be AOA Category 1-A CME.

For the 2022-24 CME cycle:

  • Time-limited diplomates and non time-limited diplomates voluntarily participating in OCC must fulfill 60 total CME hours:
    • 30 credits must be Category 1A, 15 of which must be in hands-on practical specialty CME
  • Non time-limited diplomates not participating in OCC must fulfill 120 total CME credits
    • 60 credits must be Category 1A, 15 of which must be in hands-on practical specialty CME