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Component 2: Lifelong Learning/Continuing Medical Education
Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, to achieve Osteopathic Continuous Certification in the primary specialty of Surgery, a physician must fulfill 60 hours of CME over each three-year period coinciding with the AOA CME cycle. Physicians entering the program mid-cycle will have their credit requirements prorated as outlined below.
In cases where the prorated amount does not equal a whole number or number ending in .5, the amount will be rounded down to the nearest half point. All prorations apply to each CME requirement (total, category-specific, etc.).
When physicians first become certified, their CME requirement will be prorated for the current AOA CME cycle only. Prorations will be based on the date of certification, as follows:
|Initial Certification Proration Chart|
|Entry Date||Prorated Requirement|
|Jan. 1–June 30, 2019||83%|
|July 1– Dec. 31, 2019||67%|
|Jan. 1–June 30, 2020||50%|
|July 1– Dec. 31, 2020||33%|
|Jan. 1–June 30, 2021||17%|
|July 1– Dec. 31, 2021||No requirement until 2022-2024 CME cycle|
When physicians reactivate an expired/inactive certification, their CME requirement will be prorated based on the amount of time the certification was inactive, as follows:
|Reactivated Certification Proration Chart|
|Length of Inactivity||Prorated Requirement|
|901–1,096 days||No requirement until 2022-2024 CME cycle.|
See the entire CME Guide.