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Defining Osteopathic Continuing Medical Education
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  •  *Address correspondence to Brian Loveless, DO, Department of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Medicine, Western University Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-CA, 309 E Second St, Pomona, CA 91766-1854. E-mail: bloveless@westernu.edu
     
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In My View   |   November 2017
Defining Osteopathic Continuing Medical Education
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association Published Online First on November 8, 2017. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.144
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association Published Online First on November 8, 2017. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.144
Recent decisions by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees will change continuing medical education (CME) requirements for membership and board certification. These changes will challenge the osteopathic medical community to answer several questions, including how osteopathic CME is defined and whether there is value to osteopathic CME that is distinct from other programs. At the March 2017 Midyear Business Meeting, the AOA Board of Trustees approved 3 resolutions that will alter the CME landscape for all osteopathic physicians (ie, DOs). The first reduced the required number of hours of CME credits to maintain certification to 60 specialty-specific CME credits and allowed AOA- or ACGME-approved CME programs to satisfy that requirement.1 The second resolution liberalized the process of acquiring Category 1-A CME credit online.2 The third resolution decoupled AOA membership from osteopathic board certification.3 (Of note, a timeline for the implementation of decoupling AOA membership from board certification has not yet been established.) 
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