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AOA • 2019-2021 CME Cycle
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1-A Credit  1-B Credit  2-A Credit 
Non-Qualifying Activities   Reporting

 

Below we have identified only the requirements that have changed. Click HERE for the full CME Guide

 

AOA Category 1-A Credit

 

Activity Type:

Previous Requirement

New Requirement

Under Medical Teaching

Formal delivery of osteopathic medical education lectures in the following settings:

  • In osteopathic medical colleges
  • The rule for medical teaching was that the CME must be verified by the CME Department of an AOA-accredited Category 1 CME COM or Category 1 CME sponsoring hospital

Formal delivery of osteopathic medical education lectures in the following settings:

  • In osteopathic and allopathic medical colleges
  • This was changed to identify that the medical teaching must be verified by the CME Department even though they are not an AOA-accredited Category 1 COM or hospital.

 


Activity Type:

Previous Requirement

New Requirement

Interactive CME on the Internet

 

Limited to 15 credits per three year CME cycle

Will be identified at AOA-Mid Year Meeting at end of February.

 

Required a pre-test and post-test

Pre-test and post-test requirement eliminated

MAOPS Note:  Interactive CME on the Internet must be provided by an AOA-accredited Category 1 CME sponsors.  If provided by ACCME or AAFP accredited sponsor, it will be counted as 2-A. The CME included in the DO-CME platform is provided by AOA-accredited Category 1 CME sponsors.

 

 

 

Activity Type:

Previous Requirement

New Requirement

Standardized Life Support Courses

There was a chart which identified how many credits would be awarded for each different course name based on whether it was a provider course, refresher course or instructor course. A maximum of eight credits per CME from standardized life support courses would be counted as 1-A. The remainder of the credits would be awarded 1-B credit.

Removed the chart. Added this note: Specialty Specific Certifying Boards have the discretion to determine when in-person CME is important and to limit the amount of online CME earned during the three year CME cycle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Activity Type:

Previous Requirement

New Requirement

Grand Rounds

There was no identification of who could conduct the grand rounds for 1-A credit.

Must be conducted by an AOA-accredited Category 1 CME sponsor to receive Category 1-A credit.

 

In addition: Added a note that all non-osteopathic grand rounds will receive Category 1-B credit.

 

 

To obtain this credit, grand rounds programs must be submitted in “series of three”.

This requirement was eliminated. Credit for grand rounds in granted on an hour-for-hour basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity Type:

Previous Requirement

New Requirement

Standardized Federal Aviation Courses

· Aviation Medicine

· Flight Surgeon Primary Course

· Cardiology-themed seminars

· Neurological-themed seminars

· Basic Standardized seminars

In addition to the five course types listed previously, the following courses were added which can count for credit:

· All federally-mandated medical courses

· All standardized CME courses offered for the purpose of maintaining an aeromedical examiner designation

 

 

· Must be sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration or Civil Aeronautic Institute

· Must be sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration or Civil Aeronautic Institute, or the United States Armed Services

 

 

Activity Type:

Previous Requirement

New Requirement

Judging Osteopathic Clinical Case Presentations and Research Poster Presentations

 

Added a note that the case presentations and research poster presentations must be held at a formal CME function implemented by an AOA-accredited sponsor.

 

 

 

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AOA Category 1-B Credit

 

Activity Type:

Previous Requirement

New Requirement

GME Faculty/Preceptors

A maximum of 60 AOA Category 1-B credits per three-year AOA CME cycle.

A maximum of 20% of the required CME credits per three-year AOA CME cycle may be earned for this activity.

 

 

Activity Type:

Previous Requirement

New Requirement

Grand Rounds

No 1-B credit was awarded for Grand Rounds.

All non-osteopathic grand rounds will receive Category 1-B credit.

 

 

Activity Type:

Previous Requirement

New Requirement

Primary or Subspecialty/CAQ Certification Examination

AOA recertification examinations or AOA CAQ only.

Any recertification examinations or CAQ examinations.

 

A maximum of 15 Category 1-B credits awarded for passing an AOA recertification exam or CAQ in a three-year cycle.

15 Category 1-B credits for each exam passed.

 

 

Activity Type:

Previous Requirement

New Requirement

Exam Construction

Committee Work, or

Item Writing, or

Clinical Case Development

 

A maximum combined 50% of the required CME per three-year AOA CME cycle for participation in exam development/construction and job task analyses.

 

 

Activity Type:

Previous Requirement

New Requirement

Publications

 

10 credits per article published

 

 

Activity Type:

Previous Requirement

New Requirement

Committee and Hospital Staff Work

 

Maximum of five CME can be earned per three-year AOA CME cycle

 

 

The following activity types were added as qualifying for Category 1-B credit:

  

Added Activity Type:

Description

Rules

OCC Component 3 Examination/Process

Passing an OCC examination or completing the OCC Component 3 process in any specialty, subspecialty, or CAQ.

15 Category 1-B CME credits for completing Component 3 per three-year AOA CME cycle.

Residency/Fellowship Training

Formal training as a resident or fellow in an AOA-accredited or ACGME-accredited training program

20 credits of Category 1-B CME may be awarded per year.

Postgraduate Studies

Obtaining an advanced degree, such as masters in public health, business administration or doctorate studies of any kind

25 credits of Category 1-B CME may be awarded

Federal Programs (not Active Duty/Uniformed Service)

Any formal CME programs to participants who are not on active duty or employed by a uniformed service. (Active duty or uniformed service employment constitutes Category 1-A credit.)

 

Non-Osteopathic CME Programs (converted from Category 2-A to 1-B)

The BOS may recognize non-osteopathic specialty or subspecialty programs that would otherwise qualify as Category 20A credit 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.

 

The course must consist of at least three credit hours and be provided b a provider accredited by the ACCME for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit or the AAFP, or an internationally known sponsor acceptable to the BOS.

To request consideration for Category 1-B credit, the physician must write to the BOS 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 preforms 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 fee for each program submitted for review.

 

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AOA Category 2-A Credit

 

Activity Type:

Previous Requirement

New Requirement

Home Study

 

A maximum of 20 CME per three-year AOA CME cycle.

Journal Reading (other than the JAOA and other osteopathic journals)

Awarded one-half CME credit for each journal read.

A maximum of 20 CME per three-year AOA CME cycle.

Faculty Development; Physician Administrative Training; Quality Assessment Programs; Observations at Medical Centers and CME courses in medical economics

 

This activity type was removed as a CME credit-earning activity.

 

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Non-Qualifying Activities

 

Previous Non-Qualifying Activities

New Non-Qualifying Activities

Volunteer Work

Volunteer Work

Medical Facility Tours

Medical Facility Tours

Post-Graduate Work

Healthcare Committee and Departmental Meetings

 

Osteopathic State Licensing Board Participation

 

Inspections

 

Physician Administrative Training

 

Quality Assessment Programs

 

Observation at Medical Centers

 

Medical Economics Courses

 

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Reporting CME Activities

 

Reporting of osteopathic CME credit is the responsibility of the accredited AOA Category 1 sponsor.  Credits submitted by a physician for such activities will not be accepted by the AOA.  AOA Category 1 CME sponsors have ninety days after the program to submit CME credits.

 

Reporting of CME earned from an ACCME-accredited provider for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit or AAFP CME programs to the AOA is the responsibility of the physician.  A certificate of attendance must be provided to the AOA Department of Client and Member Services at crc@osteopathic.org indicating the total number of hours attended.  Transcripts from other institutions (hospitals, CME trackers, etc.) will also be accepted if it contains the total number of hours.  All submissions should include the physician’s name and AOA ID number.

 

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