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 and diplomates with non-time-limited certificates who are voluntarily participating in OCC must complete 60 CME credits in the 2019-2021 AOA CME cycle. 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 in to the AOA Physician Portal.

The requirement for the 2016-2018 CME cycle and earlier for all diplomates was 120 CME credits per three-year AOA CME cycle. Fifty of those credits must have been in the primary specialty (anatomic pathology and/or clinical pathology/laboratory medicine). For subspecialty certification, 15 of the CME credits must have been in the diplomate’s subspecialty. Please note that the previous requirement for 15 credits of self-assessment modules (SAMs) or activities each CME cycle has been eliminated beginning with the 2019-2021 CME cycle.