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Missouri Board of Healing Arts Guidelines

  • The Missouri Board of Healing Arts requires that physicians must obtain 50 hours of continuing medical education (CME) every two-year Missouri Board cycle.
  • The two-year cycle begins in the even numbered years
  • The 50 hours must qualify as American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Category 1-A or 2-A credits, or as American Medical Association (AMA) Category PRA-1 credits, or American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) prescribed credits.

American Osteopathic Association Guidelines

 Changes from the 2016-2018 CME Cycle

NEW: Effective January 1, 2019, The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) decoupled board certification from membership, meaning osteopathic physicians do NOT have to belong to the AOA to be board certified by the AOA Boards.

 

Regardless of the decoupling, all osteopathic physicians who hold osteopathic board certification through the AOA and one of its 18 specialty certifying boards (also known as diplomates) are required to obtain CME throughout their practice lives.  Effective January 1, 2013, the AOA specialty certifying boards implemented Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) which requires lifelong learning.  This implementation of OCC created two categories of diplomates – time-limited diplomates and non-time-limited (life) diplomates.

 

NEW: The AOA very recently completed the 2019-2021 CME Guide for Osteopathic Physicians and implemented significant changes to CME requirements for time-limited diplomates and for some non-time-limited diplomates. In addition, many changes were made to the CME credit types. 

 

Non-Time-Limited Diplomates

All non-time-limited diplomates, regardless of specialty, will now be required to complete 120 total CME in the 2019-2021 CME cycle.  The only exception is for those non-time-limited diplomates who choose to voluntarily participate in OCC.  If choosing to voluntarily participate in OCC as a non-time-limited diplomate, you will instead follow the requirements for time-limited diplomates shown below.

 

Time-Limited Diplomates

NEW: The AOA specialty boards have decided to no longer require specialty-specific CME.  The requirements of each specialty board are outlined below:

 

 

CME REQUIREMENTS BY SPECIALTY CERTIFYING BOARD

Per 3-Year AOA Cycle


Specialty board Total requirement Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA™) requirement  Special notes

Anesthesiology (AOBA) 75 credits of CME 18 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME No specific requirement  
Dermatology (AOBD) 60 credits of CME 15 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME No specific requirement A maximum of 8 CME credits will be granted for serving as a preceptor
A maximum of 8 CME credits will be granted for serving as a preceptor
Emergency medicine (AOBEM) 150 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement  
Family practice (AOBFP) 150 credits of CME 75 credits must be AOA Category 1 CME. Of that, 25 hours must be AOA Category 1-A CME. Maximum 75 credits can count towards the total  
Internal medicine (AOBIM) 60 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement  
Neurology & psychiatry (AOBNP) 75 credits of CME 18 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME No specific requirement 18 of the required 75 CME will be waived if a physician attends an American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists (ACONP) annual or mid-year conference 
18 of the required 75 CME will be waived if a physician attends an American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists (ACONP) annual or mid-year conference
Neuromusculoskeletal medicine (AOBNMM) 60 credits of CME 30 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME No specific requirement  
Nuclear medicine (AOBNM) 60 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement  
Obstetrics & gynecology (AOBOG) 60 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement  
Ophthalmology & otolaryngology (AOBOO) 60 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement  
Orthopedic surgery (AOBOS) 60 credits of CME 15 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME No specific requirement  
Pathology (AOBPa) 60 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement  If a diplomate holds certification in both Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, the total requirement is still 60 credits
If a diplomate holds certification in both Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, the total requirement is still 60 credits
Pediatrics (AOBP) 60 credits of CME 15 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME No specific requirement  
Physical medicine & rehabilitation (AOBPMR) 60 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement  
Preventive medicine (AOBPM) 60 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement  
Proctology (AOBPr) 120 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement  
Radiology (AOBR) 60 credits of CME 10 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME No specific requirement  
Surgery (AOBS) 60 credits of CME No specific requirement No specific requirement

 

 

 

Click the links below to learn more about the credit requirement changes.

1-A Credit 1-B Credit 2-A Credit
Non-Qualifying Activities Reporting

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