CME Highlights

AOA Board Considers CME Related Resolutions at the Annual Business Meeting

The AOA Board of Trustees met July 19-20, 2016 at the JW Marriott in Chicago. On their agenda were two CME specific resolutions.

The first resolution would allow for postgraduate studies undertaken in the quest for advanced degrees, whether two Master of Science, Master of Public Health, Master of Business Administration, or three Doctorate studies of any kind be awarded AOA Category 1-B credit for courses that are 4 AMA PRA Category 1™ accredited.  In the past, CME credit was not allowed for postgraduate study programs leading to an advanced degree. The Council on CME indicated that approving postgraduate programs for CME would encourage osteopathic physicians to obtain the skills necessary to lead the profession in the complex and uncertain era of healthcare transformation. Also, this aligns with the policies of the American Medical Association (AMA) that awards CME credit for postgraduate study program.

The second resolution was to eliminate the CME requirement for AOA Membership. This policy would not impact or effect any CME requirements for specialty board certification nor the existing requirement that members maintain a license in good standing.  The resolution explained that the AOA believes that it is not necessary to set a separate CME requirement when AOA members are already subject to multiple CME requirements to maintain their license and board certification. This resolution will allow for members to satisfy their CME requirement by maintaining a license in good standing and meeting the requirements set by their respective state licensing boards.

Both resolutions were passed by the Board of Trustees. More information will follow about these two issues at a later date.

For detailed language of these resolutions and others considered by the Board of Trustees and House of Delegates, go to the AOA website.