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.
To complete Component 2 requirements, diplomates with time-limited certificates must complete 60 CME credits in the 2019-2021 AOA CME cycle with no specific requirements. Diplomates with non-time-limited certificates (who are not voluntarily participating in OCC) must complete 120 CME credits in the 2019-2021 AOA CME cycle. You can view your status for all OCC components, including Component 2, by logging into the AOA Physician Portal.
Requirements for 2019-21 cycle:
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 2019-21 CME cycle.
- At the end of the 2019-21 CME cycle, up to 15 AOA category 1B credits will be converted to AOA category 1A 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 1B credits that may be earned for committee and hospital work (as described in the 2019-21 CME Guide for Osteopathic Physicians) has been raised from 5 to 10.
Requirements for 2022-24 cycle:
Diplomates must meet the following requirements for the 2022-24 CME cycle:
- Time-limited diplomates: 60 total CME credits over three years; 25 must be category 1A specialty CME
- Non time-limited diplomates voluntarily participating in OCC: 60 total CME credits over three years; 25 must be category 1A specialty CME
- Non time-limited diplomates not participating in OCC: 120 total CME credits over three years; 25 must be category 1A specialty CME