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Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC)
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General

What is OCC?
  • Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) is a process in which board certified DOs can maintain currency and demonstrate competency in their specialty area.  The goals for OCC are to provide certified physicians with a process to continually assess and improve their skills and to assure patients and the public that certified physicians are being assessed through reliable and valid measures.

Who is required to participate in OCC?

  • All time-limited certificate holders will be required to participate in OCC.

Can I remain certified if I don’t participate in OCC?

  • No.  By choosing not to participate in OCC you are voluntarily suspending the rights to your board certification if you do not have a non-time-limited certificate.

Who has the option of participating?

  • If you have a non-time-limited certification, you will not be required to participate in OCC at this time. We strongly encourage your participation. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has agreed to accept OCC for Maintenance of Licensure (MOL). If you do not participate in OCC, you may have additional requirements for MOL as prescribed by the state(s) where you are licensed. Remember that "non-expiring" is not a lifetime certification. You are required to maintain your license to practice and to maintain AOA membership, which also includes meeting all CME requirements for your specialty.

Getting Started with OCC

How do I start OCC for my specialty?

  • If you hold a time-limited certificate, OCC participation is automatic. Please visit the OCC section of our website for more information here.
  • If you hold a non-time-limited certification, you have the option of volunteering to participate in OCC. The member with a non-time-limited certificate who volunteers to participate in OCC will be required to participate in all components of OCC. All OCC activity will be monitored, recorded and reported as usual. Exam failures will not result in loss of certification but will be recorded. Retakes of a failed exam will be allowed according to the regular policies and procedures of the AOBP.
    • Click here to access the BOS Handbook, see Policies and Procedures, Article VIII. Board Eligibility
    • The AOBP OCC Volunteer Form for Non-Time Limited Certificate Holders is located in the OCC Forms tab here.

Do I need to register in order to participate?

  • Registration is not required for physicians with time-limited certificates.
  • If you hold a non-time-limited certification, and you would like to volunteer to participate in OCC, you may access the AOBP OCC Volunteer Form for Non-Time Limited Certificate Holders here.

How can I track my progress on the continuous certification requirements?

  • The AOA is developing an online platform that will be accessed through Osteopathic.org in order to track the progress of an OCC cycle. Please email certification@osteopathic.org for any questions regarding the tracking of OCC.

Are there any new fees associated with the OCC process?

  • Component 1: There will be no additional fees beyond the current fees associated with this component.
  • Component 2: An annual fee (of $30.00) will be added for each specialty certificate to the annual specialty fee for a total of $95.00 which is paid as a part of the annual AOA dues.
  • Component 3: There will be no additional fees beyond the current fees associated with this component.
  • Component 4: The following additional fees will be assessed:
    • Osteopathic Continuous Assessment and Training (O-CAT): There will be a subscription based fee associated with participation in this module.
    • CAP Modules: There will be a charge from the AOA to participate in the CAP program.
    • Non-CAP QI Projects: Fees associated with this will be dependent on the individual project.
  • Component 5: There will be no additional fees beyond the current fees associated with this component.

Maintaining OCC

I have a restricted license.  What happens to my AOA board certification?

  • A committee underneath the supervision of the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists has been created what will monitor license suspensions on a case by case basis alongside the certifying boards.

Do I still have to take an exam?  How often and when can I take it?

  • Diplomates with time-limited certification and diplomates with non-time-limited certifications (who have volunteered) to participate in OCC must take and pass a secure, proctored, written examination every ten years to maintain certification. The Osteopathic Continuous Certification exam in general pediatrics and it's subspecialties have been developed by the AOBP to test the knowledge of the practicing osteopathic pediatrician. The general pediatrics exam consists of 150 multiple choice questions and the pass rate is typically greater than 90% each year. It is offered once a year at Prometric testing centers located across the nation in a computerized format. Subspecialty exams vary in length and type of administration. These are either written or oral examinations. Applications, requirements and deadlines are posted on the AOBP website and AOA Certifying Services is available to assist you in the application process. Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements can be viewed on the AOBP website under Osteopathic Continuous Certification.

How many Practice Performance Assessments (PPA) will be required?

  • The AOBP, in compliance with the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists, requires that the osteopathic pediatrician successfully complete a minimum of two (2) PPA projects in each nine (9) year OCC cycle to fulfill component 4 requirements. One of these must be the O-CAT communications module. The other may be chosen from any of the approved modules provided from the AOA CAP, NBOME OPAIM or O-CAT. These modules may be completed at any time during the nine (9) year OCC cycle.
  • Please visit the OCC Component 4 section of our website here for more information.

Where can I find these PPAs, and how do I register?

  • Please visit the OCC Component 4 section of our website here for the links to the currently available PPAs.

What components need to be completed before I can take the exam?

  • Diplomates participating via the Osteopathic Continuous Certification examination between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2015 will be required to provide the following documentation for OCC compliance along with their Osteopathic Continuous Certification application:
    • Component 1:
      • An active, unrestricted license to practice medicine. If the physician holds more than one license, each license must meet this requirement.
    • Component 2:
      • Part 1 CME: CME and/or other documentation of related training: CME 120 hours (every 3 years), 30 hours in Category 1-A and 90 hours in Category 1A, 1B, 2A or 2B and at least 50 hours in primary specialty. The subspecialist must obtain at least 25% of these hours in the subspecialty.
      • Part 2 Self-Assessment: No requirements will need to be completed until December 31, 2015.  By December 31, 2015, the diplomate will need to have completed 6 eJournal articles and assessments, and 3 POMT modules in order to maintain their certification.
    • Component 3: N/A
    • Component 4:
      • No requirements will need to be completed until December 31, 2021.  By December 31, 2021, the diplomate will need to have completed two (2) PPA projects in order to maintain their certification. One of these modules in each nine (9) year OCC cycle must be the O-CAT Communications module.
    • Component 5:
      • Evidence of AOA membership for the past two (2) years (Verification letter from AOA membership)
  • Diplomates participating via the Osteopathic Continuous Certification examination after December 31, 2015 will be required to provide the following documentation for OCC compliance along with their Osteopathic Continuous Certification examination application:
    • Component 1:
      • An active, unrestricted license to practice medicine. If the physician holds more than one license, each license must meet this requirement.
    • Component 2:
      • Part 1 CME: CME and/or other documentation of related training: CME 120 hours (every 3 years), 30 hours in Category 1-A and 90 hours in Category 1A, 1B, 2A or 2B and at least 50 hours in primary specialty. The subspecialist must obtain at least 25% of these hours in the subspecialty.
      • Part 2 Self-Assessment: The diplomate will need to provide evidence of completion of 6 eJournal articles and assessments and 3 POMT modules from the previous 3 year CME cycle.
    • Component 3: N/A
    • Component 4:
      • No requirements will need to be completed until December 31, 2021.  By December 31, 2021, the diplomate will need to have completed two (2) PPA projects in order to maintain their certification. One of these modules in each nine (9) year OCC cycle must be the O-CAT Communications module.
    • Component 5:
      • Evidence of AOA membership for the past two (2) years (Verification letter from AOA membership)

What if I miss a step and don’t complete all of the requirements by the deadlines?

  • Failure to complete OCC requirements during the specified OCC period will result in a review of the individual’s certification status by the board. Specific recommendations may be made by the board regarding achieving compliance or the individual may be referred to the BOS for further review and possible action.

Special Cases of OCC

I don’t currently practice in my field of certification.  How can I meet the Component 4 requirements? 

  • Physicians with a Limited Scope of Practice
    • The physician must document that greater than 90% of the practice is spent in the area of special interest.
    • For Component 4 requirements, the practitioner may submit practice performance data specific to the area of clinical practice. Data may be collected on ten (10) patients and this is then compared to national standards.
    • Final reports demonstrating that standards were met or exceeded can then be submitted to the board for OCC credit.
      • The AOBP Practice Performance Form (Limited Scope of Practice) is located in the OCC Forms tab
    • In addition, the physician with a limited scope of practice will be required to participate in the communication module, Osteopathic Continuous  Assessment and Training (O-CAT), developed by the AOA to meet requirements for the core competency regarding interpersonal and communication skills.
    • The AOBP will require that the physicians with a limited scope of practice successfully complete one (1) AOBP Practice Performance Form (Limited Scope of Practice) and one (1) O-CAT Communications module in each 9 year OCC cycle.

How are those OCC requirements different?

  • The only difference in OCC requirements for these individuals will be with OCC Component 4.  All other OCC requirements for these individuals will remain the same.  Please visit the OCC section of our website for more information here.

I don’t provide patient care.  How can I meet the OCC requirements?

  • Non-Clinical Physicians
    • The non-clinical physician is defined as a board certified pediatrician who does not see ANY patients. This individual will be designated as a “non-clinical” physician. The non-clinical physician who does not see any patients is not required to participate in component 4 of OCC and will not be required to complete a PPA module.
    • However, the non-clinical physician will be required to participate in the communication module, Osteopathic Continuous Assessment and Training (O-CAT), developed by the AOA to meet requirements for the core competency regarding interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Non-Clinical Physicians with Patient Contact
    • The non-clinical physician who has ANY patient contact at all will be required to participate and complete the standard component 4 requirements that all physicians are required to complete.
    • The non-clinical physician with patient contact may elect to do the AOBP Program for the Professional Evaluation of the Non-Clinical Physician, an AOA approved PPA module or a pre-approved non-AOA project.
    • The AOBP Program for the Professional Evaluation of the Non-Clinical Physician is located in the OCC Forms tab
    • The AOBP Practice Performance Assessment Pre-Approval of non-AOA approved projects form is located in the OCC Forms tab
    • In addition, the non-clinical physician with patient contact will be required to participate in the communication module, Osteopathic Continuous Assessment and Training (O-CAT), developed by the AOA to meet requirements for the core competency regarding interpersonal and communication skills.

 

OCC Requirements for Certifications Ending In:

 

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3

Component 4

Component 5

2013

Active License

Required By 12/31/2015:
Part 1: CME
120 CME hours (includes 30 in Category 1-A and 50 in primary specialty)

Required by 12/31/2021:
Part 2: Self-Assessment
18 eJournal articles and assessments; 9 POMT modules

Osteopathic Continuous Certification Exam

Required By 12/31/2021:
One (1) approved PPA module and one (1) O-CAT communications module for a total of two (2) modules in each 9 year OCC cycle.
 
 

AOA Member

2014

Active License

Osteopathic Continuous Certification Exam

AOA Member

2015

Active License

Osteopathic Continuous Certification Exam

AOA Member

2016

Active License

Required By 12/31/2018:
Part 1: CME
120 CME hours (includes 30 in Category 1-A and 50 in primary specialty)
Required by 12/31/2021:
Part 2: Self-Assessment
18 eJournal articles and assessments; 9 POMT modules

Osteopathic Continuous Certification Exam

AOA Member

2017

Active License

Osteopathic Continuous Certification Exam

AOA Member

2018

Active License

Osteopathic Continuous Certification Exam

AOA Member

2019

Active License

Required By 12/31/2021:
Part 1: CME
120 CME hours (includes 30 in Category 1-A and 50 in primary specialty)
Required by 12/31/2021:
Part 2: Self-Assessment
18 eJournal articles and assessments; 9 POMT modules

Osteopathic Continuous Certification Exam

AOA Member

2020

Active License

Osteopathic Continuous Certification Exam

AOA Member

2021

Active License

Osteopathic Continuous Certification Exam

AOA Member

2022

Active License

Required By 12/31/2024:
Part 1: CME
120 CME hours (includes 30 in Category 1-A and 50 in primary specialty)
Required by 12/31/2030:
Part 2: Self-Assessment
18 eJournal articles and assessments; 9 POMT modules

Osteopathic Continuous Certification Exam

Required By 12/31/2030:
One (1) approved PPA module and one (1) O-CAT communications module for a total of two (2) modules in each 9 year OCC cycle.

AOA Member

 

Who do I contact with questions?

  • You may contact the AOBP via:
    • Mail: AOBP, 142 East Ontario Street, 4th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2864
    • Email: aobp@osteopathic.org
    • Phone: (800) 621-1773, Ext. 8267
    • Fax: (312) 202-8409

Additional OCC Information from the AOA Website:

Osteopathic Continuous Certification Overview on the AOA website

Download an OCC brochure here

OCC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

 


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