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Component 3: Cognitive Assessment


The AOBR is piloting a new format for cognitive assessment. If your certificate expires in 2019 or after, you will not need to take the 10-year OCC examination.

Under the new cognitive assessment format, AOBR board-certified physicians must complete 15 Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) during each CME cycle. All 15 SAMs must be successfully completed and submitted by the end of each three-year CME cycle. Each SAM must include a self-administered examination and the diplomate must provide a certificate of attendance indicating the amount of credit earned, as provided by the organization offering the SAM.

SAMs (and CME) earned through an AOA-accredited provider like AOCR are submitted on your behalf. Diplomates must submit all SAMs they obtain through non-AOA-accredited providers to the AOA CME Department via email at cme@osteopathic.org or through the self-reporting feature available to AOA members on the Physician Portal.

Organizations that offer SAMs include, but are not limited to:

  • American Osteopathic College of Radiology (AOCR)
  • American College of Radiology (ACR)
  • Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
  • Society of Pediatric Radiology (SPR)
  • Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)
  • Society of Skeletal Radiology (SSR)
  • American Society of Emergency Radiology (ASER)
  • Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR)
  • American Journal of Neuroradiology (AJNR)
  • Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM)
  • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)

Please note that some of the organizations listed above refer to SAMs as “SA-CME.” Activities designated as “SA-CME” are considered equivalent to SAMs for the purpose of OCC Component 3.