American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

2016-2018 CME Guide

CME Requirements

The AOA encourages all members to earn 120 credits over a three year cycle of which 30 CME credits should be recorded in AOA Category 1-A and the remaining 90 credits may be accumulated in any category 1-A, 1-B, 2-A or 2-B.  Members who are board certified must earn a minimum of 50 CME credits (Category 1 or 2) in their specialties. 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.

If certified by the AOBEM, AOBFP, and/or AOBNMM, the total CME credit requirement is 150 credits to meet certification requirements. Physicians entering the program in mid-cycle should contact the AOA Customer Resource Center​ for additional information.

Specialties with Fewer than 300 Certificate Holders 

The AOA recognizes that members holding specialty or subspecialty certificates in specialties with less than 300 certificate holders may have difficulty accruing the required number of AOA 1-A credits for maintenance of membership. In such cases, members may apply AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™  or AAFP Category 1 credits to their AOA 1-A credit requirement up to the maximum of 15 CME credits per cycle to meet the Category 1-A credit requirement for membership. To qualify for AOA Category 1-A CME credit under this policy the following criteria must be met:

  1. Osteopathic physicians must be a member of the AOA

  2. Physicians must be AOA and/or ABMS certified

  3. The specialty/subspecialty must be listed as a qualifying specialty

A list of specialties and subspecialties with less than 300 certified members can be viewed here.

To request eligibility in this program, physicians should contact their certifying board. Specialty colleges may petition the Council on Continuing Medical Education (CCME) to have members exempted from the current policy if that specialty college feels that sufficient CME is available in the specialty or subspecialty listed for exemption. To do this, specialty affiliates must submit a detailed list of courses which provide CME that meets the needs of the specialty or subspecialty physicians.

Note: This exemption only applies to the 30 Category 1-A CME credits required for membership in the AOA. For credits required for certification, see CME Requirements for Certified Physicians or contact your specialty certifying board.

The acceptance of ACCME accredited provider for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, AAFP, or credits from any other certifying body by the CCME in order to fulfill AOA CME requirement does not convert said credits to AOA credits. ​​


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