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Online CME and learning resources for DOs and osteopathic medical students

As doctors and medical trainees turn to online learning opportunities, we wanted to provide a list of options to the osteopathic medical community.


With virtually all medical education conferences in the near future cancelled or transitioning to a virtual format due to novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) concerns, physicians and medical trainees are turning to online learning opportunities. On behalf of the AOA Bureau of Emerging Leaders, we thought it would be helpful to provide a list of resources that the osteopathic medical community might find useful.

Did we miss a critical resource for your area or specialty? Please share it in the comments below.

COVID-19 resources and education

AOA COVID-19 resource page: The latest news and updates on the pandemic along with updates on related issues with board certification and the status of upcoming events.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s COVID-19 critical care guidelines

EM-CRIT/PULM-CRIT blog’s COVID-19 critical care guidelines

EM:RAP teleconference: COVID-19 update from March 19: A group of professionals from around the country shared information on the pandemic.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ COVID-19 partner toolkit

COSGP Leadership Committee COVID-19 Newsletter: News and resources related to the pandemic for osteopathic medical students.

Online resources for any specialty

AOA Online Learning: Courses available through the AOA are searchable by topic, provider, or credit type.

Get your X-waiver—MAT Waiver Training for MD/DOs, Nurses (NP/CNM/CNS/CRNA), PAs to Prescribe buprenorphine – PCSS: This is a free eight-hour online course for medical students, residents, fellows and practicing physicians. You can get your free X-waiver to your DEA license, even if you do not have a DEA license yet, so you can prescribe buprenorphine for medication-assisted treatment for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). Once you apply for your DEA license, this X-waiver will be applied.

Emergency medicine resources

Academic Life in Emergency Medicine: This platform can connect you to a huge variety of online learning resources in emergency medicine. From toxicology visual pearls to up-to-date journal article reviews, there’s something for every level of training to gain from this collective of information.

American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians – Spring Assembly: This conference has moved online. CME is available. Registration fees may apply.

EM:RAP Productions: is a free online audio/video program that showcases a ton of how-to procedures and other EM essentials. The content is entertaining and easy to digest. It’s best for learners or those who need easy refreshers.

Foundations of Emergency Medicine: is offering virtual learning with free, open-access content. They also have information for residency leadership on hosting virtual education.

Family medicine resources

The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians’ Spring Conference has moved online. CME is available; registration fees may apply.

ACOFP’s E-learning Center offers online learning resources, including an osteopathic manipulative treatment video library and podcasts.

OB-GYN resource

The American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ 2020 annual conference has gone virtual. CME is available; registration fees may apply.

Psychiatry resources

The National Neuroscience Curriculum Incentive provides free online neuroscience education for psychiatrists, including a “quarantine curriculum” that provides daily topics complete with readings, videos, and study activities.

About the authors: Alexis Cates, DO, is a first-year medical toxicology fellow and emergency medicine physician at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, and currently serves as the postdoctoral trainee representative to the AOA Board of Trustees and the co-vice chair of the AOA Bureau of Emerging Leaders. Gregory Harris, DO, is an AOA board-certified internal medicine physician, hematologist and oncologist in Rome, Georgia, and currently serves as the new physician in practice on the AOA Board of Trustees and chair of the AOA Bureau of Emerging Leaders. Matthew Meranda, OMS III, attends Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and serves as the student member on the AOA Board of Trustees. Dr. Cates, Dr. Harris and Meranda prepared this article on behalf of the AOA Bureau of Emerging Leaders.


  1. Trang B Nguyen

    Need a lot more online courses for NMM/OMT specific CME.

    There is time life circumstances does not allow one afford live courses financially. I understand that this field requires hand-on learning. I love taking live courses. But I could not afford it in the passed few years.
    COVID-19 Pandemic caused almost all live OMT/NMM specific courses canceled in the past two years, 2020 to 2021. I did attend remote 2021 AAO Convocation. But I missed the hand-on practice in the labs. However, online courses help to satisfy some level of continue medical education (CME) requirement. And AOA & BOS should create more online courses for all specific CME. I also did the NY ROC 2021 remotely. But it was not enough courses to get the specific NMM/OMT specific CME credit hour required for the last cycle 2019-2021.

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