OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

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Component 2: Lifelong Learning/Continuing Medical Education

Overview

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.

Primary Certification

Beginning in 2019, a minimum of 60 CME credits must be earned during each three-year AOA CME cycle. Of these, 10 must be AOA Category 1-A CME. The remaining 50 hours will have broad acceptance of specialty CME.

Subspecialty Certification

Beginning in 2019, a minimum of 60 CME credits must be earned during each three-year AOA CME cycle. Of these, 10 must be AOA Category 1-A CME. The remaining 50 hours will have broad acceptance of specialty CME. Your CME requirements for your primary certification in Diagnostic Radiology count towards your subspecialty certification.

Non-Time Limited Certificate Holders

Diplomates with non-time-limited certificates must complete 120 CME credits in the 2019-2021 AOA CME cycle. Of these, 20 must be AOA Category 1-A CME. For details and additional information you may view the AOA CME Guide.