American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

2016-2018 CME Guide

Category 1-B Credit

Publications, Inspections, Examinations and Committee Meetings

Physicians may receive credit for their participation in the following areas:

  1. Development and publication of scientific papers and online osteopathic educational programs.

  2. Acting in the role of a surveyor or consultant of (A) an osteopathic healthcare facility; (B) college accreditation; graduate medical education program or OPTI site visit.

  3. Development of or proctoring a board certification examination.

  4. Participation on an osteopathic state licensing professional review board; and for health care committee and departmental meetings which review and evaluate patient care whether the committee work is in an osteopathic or allopathic institution.

GME Faculty/Preceptors

Osteopathic physicians serving as preceptors/GME faculty in any AOA-approved osteopathic or ACGME-accredited medical education program may be granted Category 1-B credit.

A maximum of 60 AOA Category 1-B credits for faculty/preceptoring may be applied to the 120-hour requirement per CME cycle.

Osteopathic physicians who serve as core clinical faculty for graduate medical education programs, regardless of the institutional residency affiliation, may be granted Category 1-B credit.

To obtain credit for faculty and core faculty, the institution/hospital Program Director or Director of Medical Education must provide a signed evaluation of the physician's participations to the AOA Department of Client and Members Services verifying the physician's teaching activity.

No credit is available for preceptoring physician assistants or nurse practitioners.

Certification Examination Credit

A maximum of 15 Category 1-B credits per CME cycle will be awarded to AOA members who pass an AOA recertification examination or obtain a certification of added qualification.

Committee and Hospital Staff Work

Category 1-B will be granted to osteopathic physicians who educate and participate in patient care in non-administrative hospital department staff activities to include care based committees such as critical care committee, utilization review, pharmacy and therapeutics, patient safety, tumor board, morbidity and mortality or any other patient care oriented committee designed to improve patient care. This credit will be granted regardless of the institution’s educational affiliation.

To obtain credit the institution’s medical staff office or CME director must document the physician’s participation.


Non-Osteopathic CME Programs

The Council on Continuing Medical Education (CCME) may recognize non-osteopathic specialty or subspecialty programs for Category 1-B credit, when there is essentially no equivalent course content available within the osteopathic profession. Credit for such programs will be applied to all physicians in that specialty or subspecialty who participate in the course.

These courses must be provided by an Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) accredited provider for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) credit, or provided by an internationally known sponsor acceptable to the CCME. An eligible program is defined as a course consisting of at least three credits hours. Home study activities/courses do not qualify under this policy.

To request consideration of a non-osteopathic course for Category 1-B credit, the osteopathic physician must write to the AOA Department of Client and Member Services at AOA Headquarters in Chicago and provide the following:

  • (1) A completed Non-Osteopathic Program’s Requests for Category 1-B credit form

  • (2) A copy of the printed program (or syllabus) outlining the lectures being presented, length of the lecture and the faculty presenting at the conference

  • (3) An official document verifying the physician’s attendance.

The applicant should be aware that this request will be forwarded to the specialty affiliate to verify that similar programs and/or lectures have not been or are not being offered by an AOA-accredited CME provider.

The AOA performs reviews of non-osteopathic courses as a member service. Non-members may request AOA Category 1-B credit for non-osteopathic sponsored CME programs by following the same procedure outline, along with payment of a $25 application fee and a $10 processing fee for each program submitted for review.

Journal Reading

Osteopathic physicians can earn two credit hours of AOA Category 1-B credit for each issue of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) read and passing of the respective CME quiz with a minimum grade of 70%.

Non-members who forward hard copies of completed quizzes to the AOA Department of Client and Member Services will be charged a fee of $25 per JAOA quiz for staff time to grade, record and provide a letter to the DO as documentation of applicable CME. In addition, non-members have the capability of completing the quizzes online by visiting

Reading of all other medical journals qualifies for AOA Category 2-B credit and is awarded one-half (0.5) hour of CME credit for each journal read. 


Test Construction, Committee Work

1. Formal

  • Test construction committee work will be awarded Category 1-B credit for meetings or seminar of an AOA certifying board, an AOA practice affiliate’s postgraduate in-service examination committee, or at a meeting of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. CME credit is granted on an hour-for-hour basis.

  • Ten Category 1-B credits will be awarded for administering the oral practical examinations. These credits may be awarded for specialty continuing medical education (CME) up to the maximum of 10 credits per CME cycle.

2. Informal

  • One Category 1-B credit will be awarded for each accepted test item written, up to a maximum of 10 credits per CME cycle, when submitted to an AOA official certifying board, AOA Category 1 provider and/or The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.

  • Two Category 1-B credits will be awarded, with a maximum of 20 credits per CME cycle, for accepted clinical cases developed and submitted to the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners and osteopathic board certification examinations.

  • One-half (0.5) Category 1-B credit will be awarded for each Job Task Analysis (JTA) an osteopathic physician participates in, up to a maximum of five credits per CME cycle. These credits may also be awarded for specialty continuing medical education (CME), up to the maximum of five credits per CME cycle.

    Job Task Analyses are essential self-assessment examinations conducted every five-seven years as the basis for all board certification examinations. JTAs require physicians to review a significant number of tasks that are done on a regular basis in their specialty. These tasks are ranked on how often they are done (frequency) and how essential the task is to patient care (importance).

    JTAs are used to develop the content outline (blueprint) for the certification examination by defining practice focus areas for testing an osteopathic physician’s knowledge and expertise.

Credit will not be awarded for meetings that are primarily administrative in nature.​


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