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Deadlines Approaching for OCC Components 2 and 4

The AOBOS would like to take this opportunity to remind all physicians with time-dated board certification in orthopedic surgery of two important quickly approaching OCC deadlines for Component 2 – Lifelong Learning (CME) and Component 4 – Practice Performance Assessment Modules.

The 2013-2015 CME cycle comes to an end December 31, 2015.  At that time, both your CME and your PPA requirements for Osteopathic Continuous Certification must be completed.

Requirements to Remain OCC Compliant at the End of the 2013-2015 CME Cycle

Each time-dated, orthopedic surgery certificate holder must register for OCC with the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS).  Physicians can register by submitting the OCC Registration Form ($150 fee) online on the AOBOS website, www.aobos.org OR completing the OCC Registration Form in the OCC Handbook on the AOBOS website and mailing it to the AOBOS office.  This is intended to be a one-time OCC registration process.

By the end of the 2013-2015 CME cycle, several new requirements must be met to remain OCC Compliant.

Within the CME requirements:

  • Of the 50 specialty CMEs required each three year cycle, 15 hours must come from Category 1A osteopathic orthopedic surgery programs (AOAO).
  • As a new OCC lifelong learning/CME activity, you will be required to complete 15 hours of self-assessment activities.  Each completed PPA (Component 4) counts as 10 hours of self-assessment.
  • Physicians holding subspecialty certification (formerly CAQs) must earn a minimum of 13 specialty hours in the subspecialty area of certification.

Within the 3 year CME cycle:
Component 4:  A minimum of one Practice Performance Assessment module (PPA) must be completed in each 3 year CME cycle.   For more complete information on the Component 4 Practice Performance Assessment modules see the AOBOS Handbook for Osteopathic Continuous Certification on the AOBOS website, www.aobos.org.

  • The PPA modules are available online through a link on the AOBOS website, or by going directly to the Osteopathic-CAT system website, www.osteopathic-cat.com, and will consist of a physician logging ten (10) consecutive cases, in the module topic area, from the physician’s personal practice.  There is a $295 fee for a three year subscription to the O-Cat system.
  • The individual physician’s module results will be measured against national standards. 
  • If the results fall below acceptable thresholds, there will be a required educational activity followed by a reassessment in the same module with 10 new consecutive cases. 
  • All physician logged cases are subject to audit.
  • Current PPA Module topic areas:
    - Peri-Operative Care for Total Hip/Total Knee and Hip Fracture
    - Distal Radius Fracture
    - Herniated Lumbar Disc Treated Operatively
    - Knee Arthroscopy
    - Informed Consent
    - Non-Operative Carpal Tunnel
    - Operative Carpal Tunnel
    - Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fracture
    - Non-Operative Ankle Fracture
    - Operative Ankle Fracture
    - Peri-Operative Safety
    - Orthopedic OMT
    - Non-Operative Shoulder Impingement
    - Operative Shoulder Impingement Lower Extremity Long Bone Intramedullary Nailing

Please note that orthopedic surgery physicians certified in 2015 will begin their PPA requirements in the 2016-2018 cycle.

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