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CME Requirements for Physicians

State of Michigan LARA Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery for DOs

150 hours of CME required per 3-year period (minimum 60 hours must be Category 1 and minimum 40 hours must be AOA approved credits)

Additional content-specific requirements

  • 3 hours minimum pain and symptom management education
  • Training on human trafficking (one-time requirement)

For more information, view the Osteopathic Medicine CE Requirements (under Licensing Information).

State of Michigan LARA Board of Medicine Requirements for MDs

150 hours of CME required per 3-year period (minimum of 75 hours must be Category 1)

Additional content-specific requirements

  • 1 hour minimum medical ethics continuing education
  • 3 hours minimum pain and symptom management continuing education
  • Training on human trafficking (one-time requirement, does not have to be accredited for CME.)
  • Training for prescribers with a controlled substance license on opioid and other controlled substances awareness.

For more information, view the Medicine CE Requirements (under Licensing Information).

American Osteopathic Association CME Requirements

Time-Limited Diplomates certified by the AOA are required to meet specified CME credit hour requirements for the 2019-2021 CME cycle as part of OCC Component 2. The number of CME credits required is set by each specialty certifying board. Physicians entering the program mid-cycle will have their credit requirements prorated. Physicians’ CME activity reports will outline their total CME requirement and the amount of credits required in Categories 1 and 2. Diplomates who hold time-limited certifications must complete the Lifelong Learning/CME requirement in addition to the other components of OCC.

For the 2019-2021 AOA CME cycle, all Non-Time-Limited Diplomates will be required to complete 120 total CME regardless of specialty. For those non-time-limited diplomates who choose to voluntarily participate in OCC, due to the increased physician engagement of continuous certification, the reduced requirements will apply.

AOA specialty certifying boards will no longer require diplomates to obtain specialty-specific CME during the 2019-2021 CME cycle. All faculty of Category 1-A and Category 2-A CME must be board certified by an AOA or ABMS board or have been appropriately credentialed to qualify as Category 1-A or 2-A.

Specialty Board Requirements

Anesthesiology (AOBA)

  • Total CME requirement:  75 credits
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  18 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  None

Dermatology (AOBD)

  • Total CME requirement:  60 credits
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  15 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  None
  • Notes:  A maximum of 8 CME credits will be granted for serving as a preceptor

Emergency medicine (AOBEM)

  • Total CME requirement:  150 credits
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  None
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  None

Family practice (AOBFP)

  • Total CME requirement:  150 credits
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  75 credits must be AOA Category 1 CME. Of that, 25 hours must be AOA Category 1-A CME.
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  Maximum 75 credits can count towards the total

Internal medicine (AOBIM)

  • Total CME requirement:  60 credits
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  None
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  None  

Neurology & psychiatry (AOBNP)

  • Total CME requirement:  75 credits 
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  18 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  None
  • Notes: 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)

  • Total CME requirement:  60 credits
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  30 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  None

Nuclear medicine (AOBNM)

  • Total CME equirement:  60 credits
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  None
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  None  

Obstetrics & gynecology (AOBOG)

  • Total CME requirement:  60 credits
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  None 
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  None 

Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology (AOBOO)

  • Total CME requirement:  60 credits
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  None 
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  None 

Orthopedic surgery (AOBOS)

  • Total CME requirement:  60 credits
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  15 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  None

Pathology (AOBPa)

  • Total CME requirement:  60 credits
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  None
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  None
  • Notes:  If a diplomate holds certification in both Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, the total requirement is still 60 credits

Pediatrics (AOBP)

  • Total CME requirement:  60 credits
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  15 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  None

Physical medicine & rehabilitation (AOBPMR)

  • Total CME requirement:  60 credits
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  None
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  None

Preventive medicine (AOBPM)

  • Total CME requirement:  60 credits
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  None
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  None

Proctology (AOBPr)

  • Total CME requirement:  120 credits 
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  None
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  None

Radiology (AOBR)

  • Total CME requirement:  60 credits
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  10 credits must be AOA Category 1-A CME
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  None

Surgery (AOBS)

  • Total CME requirement:  60 credits
  • Category 1-A and/or 1-B requirement:  None
  • Category 2-A and/or 2-B (AMA PRA) requirement:  None

CME Activity Report

To view your CME Activity Report, you must log into the members-only section of the AOA website using the login button in the top right corner of the screen. For login assistance, send an email to info@osteopathic.org.

If you would like to speak with an AOA CME Service Representative about your CME Activity Report, call (517) 353-9714, or send an email to the CME department at cme@osteopathic.org.

See the AOA CME Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.