Proposed changes to continuing medical education (CME) requirements for AOA board-certified physicians are now posted for all 18 certifying boards.
The Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists has approved the changes, which are scheduled to become effective in the 2019-2021 CME cycle if approved by the AOA Board of Trustees. Comments from diplomates will be accepted through Wednesday, Dec. 19.
“The proposed rules emphasize flexibility and give physicians latitude to choose CME that works best for their individual practice,” said Dan Williams, DO, AOA vice president of certifying board services. “For example, a DO may be board certified in internal medicine and work occasional shifts in the emergency department. That physician could choose to take CME in emergency medicine and have it count toward maintaining his or her board certification.”
The new standards would eliminate the requirement for specialty-specific CME. Each individual certifying board has set its own CME standards for maintenance of certification. In addition, 120 hours of CME per cycle is now required for diplomates holding non-time-limited certification.
In addition, changes were made to the types of CME credit awarded for specific activities. CME will now be awarded for:
- Residency and fellowship
- Exams taken for the purpose of initial board certification
- Unlimited hours of standardized life support classes
Review the revised CME guide for full details of the proposed changes.