AOA and Dermatology CME Requirements

All members of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), other than those exempted, are required to participate in the Continuing Medical Education (CME) program and to meet specified CME credit hour requirements for the 2016-2018 CME cycle.

To maintain membership in the AOA, 120 credits of CME are required for the 2016-2018 CME cycle. Of this total, THIRTY (30) CME credits must be obtained in Category 1A.

However, in order to maintain your Specialty Certification, you must earn a minimum of FIFTY (50) specialty CME credits in each primary specialty held (e.g. Dermatology) during the three year CME cycle.

For Dermatology, as required by the AOBD, at least TWENTY FIVE (25) of the required fifty (50) specialty credits must be Category 1A.

AOA Category 1A credit is granted for formal face-to-face programs that meet the Category 1 quality guidelines, faculty requirements and are sponsored by AOA-accredited Category 1A CME sponsors. Note: The AOCD is the only Category 1A accredited sponsor for DERMATOLOGY CME.

The AOBD will accept up to 25 Category 2 (i.e. AMA/PRA courses) credits to meet the 50 specialty credit requirement.

Example: Since, 30 Category 1A credits are required to maintain your AOA Membership and 25 Category 1A credits are required to maintain your specialty certification in dermatology for the 2013-2015 CME cycle, members can meet the requirements by obtaining 30 category 1A credits from AOCD sponsored meetings. The additional 20 credits for specialty certification can be obtained from AAD sponsored meetings.

For physicians holding certification(s) of added qualifications (CAQs), a minimum of 50 specialty CME credits must still be earned, but a minimum of 25% of the credits must be earned at the level of the CAQ.

Complete AOA CME Guide

AOA Specialty Continuing Medical Education (CME) Guide