Component 2: Lifelong Learning/Continuing Medical Education
To achieve Osteopathic Continuous Certification in the primary specialty of Surgery, a physician must fulfill 120 hours of CME over each three-year period coinciding with the AOA CME cycle. Of those 120 hours, 50 must be earned through Category 1 or 2 primary specialty credits as defined by the AOBS. Diplomates holding one or more subspecialty certifications must earn a minimum of 13 specialty credits in each subspecialty area of certification. The AOBS recommends that each diplomate attend at least one ACOS Annual Clinical Assembly during each three-year CME cycle. Additionally, the AOBS requires physicians to submit a copy of their AOA CME report at least once during each three-year CME cycle. Those who do not fulfill CME requirements will be required to submit a corrective action plan in writing, followed by fulfillment of all requirements within the first five months of the next CME cycle.