CME

About CME

Medical education for osteopathic physicians is a lifelong process.

Every DO must acquire 120-150 credits in continuing medical education (CME) every three years to remain a member in good standing with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

The Foundation is accredited by the AOA as a Category 1 CME Sponsor with Commendation. Since 1986, thousands of physicians have attended Foundation-supported CME programs, receiving over 1500 category 1A credits. As a service to physicians, the Foundation maintains records of all CME credits earned at Foundation programs.

Currently, all CME programs are based on a formal needs assessment conducted by the Foundation every year. Programs offered via the Foundation have included: The Southwestern Conference on Medicine, The Southwestern Conference on Medicine Fall Primary Care Update, Strain and Counterstrain, and many CME dinners presenting other medical relevant and cutting edge topics.

Please visit our CME page or e-mail cme@tomf.org for details on our upcoming medical conferences and other continuing medical education opportunities.

AOA Osteopathic Continuous Certification 2013-2015 Cycle

Some Things to Remember

1. Category 1A Credit is granted for live programs provided by Category 1 CME sponsors. Category 1B is granted for programs of a more casual nature (online, teaching, writing) provided by Category 1 CME sponsors. Category 2A is granted for live programs sponsored by non-AOA accredited providers. Category 2B is granted for programs of a more casual nature (online, teaching, writing) sponsored by non-AOA accredited providers.

2. AOA recertifying physicians must fulfill 120 hours of CME credit during each three year CME cycle. 150 hours are required for the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice, the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, and the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiology.

3. The 120/150 hours may include a variety of credit levels (1A, 1B, 2A, 2B) but must include at least 30 1A credits and 50 specialty CME credits in primary specialties.

4. In order to maintain a license to practice medicine in the state of Arizona, osteopathic physicians are required to obtain forty (40) hours of Board approved CME during the two (2) years preceding license renewal (A.R.S. 32-1825(B)).

Please note as an Arizona licensed D.O. regardless of specialty, board certification or state in which an osteopathic physician currently resides, Arizona requires CME per renewal cycle and must include at least twenty-four (24) hours of Category 1-A activities sponsored by an AOA accredited sponsor. The remaining balance may consist of any category of CME, including CME activities sponsored by an accredited AMA or ACCME provider and certified by the accredited provider as AMA PRA Category 1 credit.

An osteopathic physician may fulfill twenty (20) hours of the CME requirement each year by participating in an approved residency, internship, fellowship or preceptorship.

So What's New?

1. For physicians holding certifications of added qualifications (CAQs), a minimum of 50 specialty CME credits for each must also be earned with a minimum of 13 of the credits earned at the level of the CAQ. It is anticipated that physicians may begin to consider prioritizing CAQs due to the additional cost and time involved in the OCC process.

2. Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement is the only new component in 5 item osteopathic continuous certification process. Physicians must engage in continuous improvement through comparison of personal practice performance measured against national standards their medical specialty. The physician submits information to the board based on their current practice. (Documents can include patient surveys and quality improvement data.) The data will be reviewed against national standards for patient care, and the physician will receive a report with recommendations for improvement. At that time, physicians should make a plan for ongoing improvement, to be submitted during the next recertification period. It is notable that any specialty board may insert another form of review in place of this component. Physicians who do not see patients or advise residents during the cycle may request an affidavit for the removal of this component from the continuous certification process.

3. All Specialty Certifying Boards operating under the jurisdiction of the AOA have been qualified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the 2013 PQRS MOC Program Incentive. This will allow those who qualify to apply for an additional 0.5% incentive payment for 2013 submitted Medicare/Medicaid claims. CMS requires that you be registered for the PQRS, meet the PQRS reporting requirements, be AOA board certified, and be participating in OCC in order to qualify for this incentive. The MOC incentive program requires physicians "to perform activities more frequent than is required" for OCC. Please visit your specialty board website listed below for requirements.

Your specialty certifying board may be contacted using the information in the chart for complete details about your eligibility for certification, requirements for maintaining certification, and recertification.

Questions regarding your certification status and general OCC information may be directed to the AOA Division of Certification at certification@osteopathic.org or (800) 621-1773, ext. 8266. For verification of certification please visit www.DOProfiles.org.

 

CERTIFYING BOARD

PRIMARY CERTIFICATION

CERTIFICATION OF SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS (CSQ)

CERTIFICATION OF ADDED QUALIFICATIONS (CAQ)

Anesthesiology

Claire Barnes, Certification Manager,142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611, (800) 621-1773, ext. 8279 aoba2@osteopathic.org     www.aobanes.com

Anesthesiology

None offered

Addiction Medicine*

Critical Care Medicine

Pain Management

Dermatology

Renee Herron, Administrator, P.O. Box 493, Kirksville, MO 63501, (660) 349-9666, execdirector@aobd-derm.org     www.aobd-derm.org

Dermatology

None offered

Dermatopathology

MOHS-Micrographic Surgery

Emergency Medicine

Josette Fleming, Executive Director, 8765 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60631, (773) 724-3161, Fax (773) 724-3162 aobem@aol.com    www.aobem.org

Emergency Medicine

None offered

Emergency Medical Services
Medical Toxicology****
Sports Medicine
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine* 

Family Physicians

Carol Thoma, Executive Director, 330 E. Algonquin Rd., Ste. 6, Arlington Heights, IL 60005, (847) 640-8477  aobfp@aobfp.org    www.aobfp.org

 

Family Medicine and OMT**

None offered

Addiction Medicine*
Adolescent/Young
Adult Medicine*
Geriatric Medicine
Sports Medicine
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Sleep Medicine

Internal Medicine

Gary L. Slick, DO, Executive Director, 1111 W. 17th St., Tulsa, OK 74107, (918) 561-1267  admin@aobim.org    www.aobim.org

Internal Medicine

Allergy/Immunology
Cardiology
Endocrinology
Gastroenterology
Hematology
Hematology/Oncology*
Infectious Disease
Pulmonary Diseases
Nephrology
Oncology
Rheumatology

Addiction Medicine
Critical Care Medicine
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Interventional Cardiology
Geriatric Medicine
Sports Medicine
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Sleep Medicine

Neurology & Psychiatry

Sandy Elcock, Administrative Assistant, 2730 S. Val Vista Dr., #146, Gilbert, AZ 85296, (480) 650-3206  aobnp@att.net    www.aobnp.org

Neurology
Psychiatry

Child/Adolescent
Psychiatry
Child/Adolescent Neurology
Neurology/Psychiatry*

Addiction Medicine
Neurophysiology
Geriatric Psychiatry
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Sleep Medicine

Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

Diana L. Finley, 3500 DePauw Blvd., Suite 1080, Indianapolis, IN 46231, (317) 879-1881  dfinley@academyofosteopathy.org    www.aobnmm.org

Neuromusculoskeletal
Medicine & OMM

Special Proficiency in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine*

None offered

Sports Medicine
Pain Medicine

Nuclear Medicine

Jennifer Hausman, Certification Manager, 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611, (800) 621-1773, ext. 8102  aobnm@osteopathic.org    www.aobnm.org

Nuclear Medicine*

None offered

Nuclear Cardiology*
Nuclear Imaging and Therapy*
In Vivo and In Vitro Nuclear Medicine* 

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Mary Cameron, Certification Manager, 142 E, Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611, (800) 621-1773, ext. 8271  aobog@aobog.org    www.aobog.org

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology Surgery*

Gynecologic Oncology
Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Reproductive Endocrinology
Female Pelvic Medicine/Reconstructive Surgery

None offered

Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology

Alvin D. Dubin, DO, Executive Director; Debra Bailey, Administrative Director, 4764 Fishburg Rd., Suite F, Huber Heights, OH 45424,
(800) 575-2145  info@aoboo.org    www.aoboo.org

Ophthalmology
Otolaryngology
Facial Plastic Surgery*
Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery

None offered

Otolaryngic Allergy

Sleep Medicine

CERTIFYING BOARD

PRIMARY CERTIFICATION

​CERTIFICATION OF SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS (CSQ)

CERTIFICATION OF ADDED QUALIFICATIONS (CAQ)

Orthopedic Surgery

Barbara Sharp, Executive Director, 800 Military St, Suite 800, Port Huron, MI 48060, (877) 982-6267  bsharp@aobos.org    www.aobos.org

Orthopedic Surgery

None offered

Hand Surgery

Pathology

Jennifer Hausman, Certification Manager, 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611, (800) 621-1773, ext. 8102  aobpa@osteopathic.org    www.aobpath.org

Laboratory Medicine
Anatomic Pathology
Anatomic Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

 

Forensic Pathology

Blood Banking/ Transfusion Medicine*
Chemical Pathology*
Cytopathology*
Dermatopathology
Hematology-Pathology*
Immunopathology*
Medical Microbiology*
Neuropathology* 

Pediatrics

Claire Barnes, Certification Manager, 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611, (800) 621-1773,  ext. 8109  aobp@osteopathic.org    www.aobp.org/index.cfm

Pediatrics

Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine
Neonatology
Allergy/Immunology
Pediatric Endocrinology
Pediatric Pulmonology*

Sports Medicine

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Ellen Woods, Executive Director, 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611, (800) 621-1773, ext. 8195  aobpmr@osteopathic.org    www.aobpmr.org

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

None offered

Sports Medicine
Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Pain Medicine

Preventive Medicine

Ellen Woods, Executive Director, 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611, (800) 621-1773, ext. 8195  aobpm@osteopathic.org    www.aobpm.org/index.cfm

Preventive Medicine/Aerospace Medicine
Preventive Medicine/Occupational-Environmental Medicine
Preventive Medicine/Public Health
Preventive Medicine/Occupational*

None offered

Occupational Medicine****
Sports Medicine*
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

 

Proctology

Jennifer Hausman, Certification Manager, 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611, (800) 621-1773, ext. 8102  proctology@osteopathic.org    www.aobpr.org

Proctology

None offered

None offered

Radiology

Erin Maulsby, Certification Manager, 119 E. 2nd St., Milan, MO 63556, (660) 265-4011 erin@aobr.net    www.aobr.org

Diagnostic Radiology
Radiation Oncology
Diagnostic Roentgenology*
Radiology*
Roentgenology*

 

Radiation Therapy*

Body Imaging*
Diagnostic Ultrasound*
Neuroradiology
Nuclear Radiology*
Pediatric Radiology
Vascular & Interventional Radiology (formerly Angiography & Interventional Radiology)