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CME Guidelines and Requirements
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AOCA is first and foremost a provider of osteopathic CME.  We are accredited by the AOA through November 2021.

It is dependent upon the meeting and courses offered if we submit application to the AANA or ACCME for accreditation.  Look to our meeting pages for more details.


CME Requirements

The AOA encourages all members to earn 75 credits over a three year cycle of which 18 CME credits should be recorded in AOA Category 1-A and the remaining 57 credits may be accumulated in any category 1-A, 1-B, 2-A or 2-B.


Specialty CME Policy

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.



The 2019-2021 CME Guide for Osteopathic Physicians is effective January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021.  All AOA members, other than those who are exempt, are required to participate in the CME program. (CME Guide for Osteopathic Physicians)


Review frequently asked questions provided by the AOA.


Osteopathic Continuous Certification Modules @ AOCA Meetings

Begun at the 2016 Annual Convention, the AOCA has partnered with the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiologists (AOBA) to offer lectures to fulfill OCC Core Competencies.  In order to insure that the OCC required core competencies of Osteopathic Philosophy and Principles, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, and Professionalism under the OCC Component II are fulfilled, the AOCA is offering these lectures at its semi-annual meetings.  The lectures will be offered on a rotating basis over a three year period to insure all OCC diplomates have an opportunity to complete these requirements over the OCC ten year period.  These OCC core competency lectures are specifically noted within the AOCA meeting materials.  Reporting of OCC lecture participation will be provided by AOCA to the AOBA.  It is still the responsibility of the OCC diplomate to keep records for themselves.”


CME Quick Links

AOA – Continuing Medical Education

AOA – CME Guide Home Page

Your CME Report

AOA – CME Reporting Forms (outside of AOCA meetings)

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