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Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC)
Special Circumstances - NEW! INFORMATION BELOW
- 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.
- Physicians with Dual Certification
- Internal Medicine/Pediatrics: The physician certified in Internal Medicine/ Pediatrics will be required to meet a minimum of fifty percent (50%) of each specialty OCC requirements.
- Internal Medicine: A total of 50 points is required: 20 points from the exam and the remainder from components 2 and 4.
- Pediatrics: Component 2: 9 eJournal articles (3/CME cycle) and all POMT modules. Component 3: Pass the re-certification exam. Component 4: 1 approved PPA project and the O-CAT communications module.
- CME requirements: 50 specialty hours will be required in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in each CME cycle.
- Physicians who hold primary specialty certificates in different specialties will be required to meet OCC requirements for each specialty.
- Physicians with Sub-Specialty Certification
- Physicians with a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) (Sports Medicine)
- OCC requirements for General Pediatrics must be met.
- A minimum of 25% of CME hours must come in the sub-specialty area.
- Physicians with a Certificate of Special Qualifications (CSQ) (Adolescent Medicine, Adult and Pediatric Allergy/Immunology, Pediatric Endocrinology, Neonatology, and Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine)
- All requirements for the 5 components of OCC must be met by the CSQ certificate holder.
- Dually-Certified Osteopathic Physicians (AOA and ABMS Certifications)
- The BOS Policies and Procedures state the following under Article XII. Osteopathic Continuous Certification, Section 12. Dually-Certified Osteopathic Physicians (AOA and ABMS Certifications):
- Physicians participating in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process through one or more of the ABMS-recognized certifying boards may petition to submit their practice performance assessment activities completed through MOC and apply them to their OCC Component 4 requirements. However, the Specialty Certifying Board may also require an osteopathic component suffice Component 4 requirements.
- Fellowship Exemption
- The BOS Policies and Procedures state the following under Article XII. Osteopathic Continuous Certification, Section 13. Fellowship Exemption:
- AOA board-certified physicians who begin fellowship training are exempt from participation in Component 4 of OCC during the training period only. Each specialty certifying board will make determinations on the OCC requirements for each diplomate for whom this situation applies upon re-entering full participation in OCC.
- 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.
- Physicians entering during the OCC cycle
- These rules apply to the newly certified individual or the member with a non-time-limited certificate who volunteers to participate in OCC.
- If entering the OCC cycle during years 1 through 6, the physician will be responsible for meeting all requirements in components 1 through 5 of OCC.
- If entering the OCC cycle during year 7 through 9, the physician must meet all requirements for components 1 through 3 and component 5. The physician will not need to participate in component 4 until the next full cycle begins.
- Please note that CME requirements for the newly certified pediatrician may be waived or prorated by the AOA for the current 3 year CME cycle. Please contact the AOA CME office regarding CME requirements when entering the CME cycle after it has begun.
- CME requirements for the non-time-limited certificate holder remain the same as always.
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