American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

2016–2018 CME Guide

CME Requirements for Board Certified Physicians 

AOA Board Certified Physicians

  • Physicians who are board certified are required to earn a minimum of 50 CME credits  within their specialty in each three-year CME cycle. These credits may be earned in  Category 1 or Category 2 according to the requirements established by the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS). (Please see Certifying Board for clarification.) 

  • Certifications of Added Qualification Subspeciality. For osteopathic physicians holding certification(s) of added qualification (CAQs), a minimum of 25% of the credits (13 credits) must be earned at the level of the CAQ. At least 30% of the specialty CME  credits (15 credits) must be earned in the primary certification.

  • CME sponsored by osteopathic specialty affiliates in the individual’s declared specialty will be applied to this requirement on an unlimited hour-by-hour basis.

ABMS Board-Certified Physicians

  • Physicians who are both AOA and ABMS board certified are required to earn the same specialty CME credit hours as DOs who are AOA board certified only in order to meet AOA specialty requirements.

  • Physicians who are solely certified in an ABMS specialty are required to obtain a  minimum of 10 Category 1-A credits in AOA-sponsored CME programs during each  three year CME cycle in order to meet AOA specialty requirements.

  • Physicians who are solely certified through the ABMS must meet the 120 hour AOA  membership requirement.

Please contact your certifying board for information regarding the use of preceptoring or other credits towards this requirement. Osteopathic physicians may refer to the AOA Specialty Continuing Education (CME) Policy regarding specialty CME program requirements.

Note: Under current AOA policy, failure to meet the AOA specialty CME requirement is  interpreted as a failure to meet the individual physician's CME requirement. This could result  in the loss of AOA membership, and in turn result in the possible loss of certification. ​


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