Continuing Medical Education
Guidelines and Requirements


ACOFP provides various avenues for members to achieve the required CME

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ACOFP CME Activities

Live Events (ACOFP Annual Convention, OMED and Intensive Update and Board Review)
To earn CME credit for these activities, you must complete the evaluation and attestation. Click here to submit your CME.

e-Learning (Live webinars and on-Demand)
The ACOFP submits CME credit to the AOA monthly on your behalf.

The ACOFP keeps track of CME earned through ACOFP activities only. You can view your AOA CME Activity Report by logging in to your account on the AOA website

If you would like to speak with a Customer Resource Center Representative about your AOA CME Activity Report, call (800) 621-1773, ext. 8262 or email

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 requirement for each CME cycle.    

The AOA Board of Trustees at its Mid-Year Meeting in February 2016 approved resolutions pertaining to AOA’s CME program. 

AOA CME Requirements for Certified Family Physicians

One hundred and twenty (120) CME credits are required by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) within this three-year cycle, beginning Jan. 1, 2016 and ending Dec. 31, 2018 for certified Family Physicians to maintain AOA membership. Of this total, 30 CME credits must be obtained in Category  1-A and the remaining 90 CME credit may be obtained with either Category 1-A, 1-B, 2-A, or 2-B credits. Physicians entering the program in mid-cycle will have their credit requirements prorated. A physician's CME Activity Report will outline his or her total CME requirement and the amount of credits required in categories 1 and 2.

The American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP) requires an overall total of one hundred and fifty (150) CME Credits for certified Family Physicians. In each 3-year CME cycle, physicians must earn a minimum of 50 specialty CME credits in the primary specialty held, which may be in Category 1 or 2. Further information can be found on the AOBFP website. 

For osteopathic physicians holding certification(s) of added qualification (CAQs), a minimum of 25% of the credits (13 credits) must be earned at the level of the CAQ. At least 30% of the specialty CME credits (15 credits) must be earned in the primary certification.

CME Guide

The 2016-2018 CME Guide for Osteopathic Physicians was approved in February 2016 and will be effective beginning Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2018. View the guide for the most recent CME guidelines regarding the upcoming 2016-2018 CME cycle. Remember that all AOA members, other than those who are exempt, are required to participate in the CME program and meet specified CME requirements for the 2016-2018 CME cycle.  View the 2016-2018 Continuing Medical Education Guide for Osteopathic Physicians.


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