Continuous Certification (OCC) ensures that board-certified DOs maintain
currency and demonstrate competency in their specialty area. The only change to
the current osteopathic recertification process is the addition of a Practice
Performance Assessment. There are five
Components of OCC.
1 - Unrestricted Licensure:
that physicians who are board-certified by the AOA hold a valid, unrestricted
license to practice medicine in one of the 50 states. In addition, these
physicians are required to adhere to the AOA's Code of Ethics.
2 - Lifelong Learning/Continuing Medical Education:
with your current commitment to lifelong learning, this component requires that
all recertifying physicians fulfill a minimum of 120 hours of CME credit during
each three-year CME cycle — though some certifying boards have higher
requirements. Of these 120+ CME credit hours, a minimum of 50 credit hours must
be in the specialty area of certification. Self-assessment activities will be
designated by each of the specialty certifying boards.
3 - Cognitive Assessment:
provision of one (or more) psychometrically valid and proctored examinations
that assess a physician's specialty medical knowledge, as well as core
competencies in the provision of health care.
4 - Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement:
that you engage in continuous quality improvement through comparison of
personal practice performance measured against national standards for your
5 - Continuous AOA Membership:
in good standing through the AOA serves to establish your foundation of
commitment to lifelong learning through basic CME requirements. In addition,
certified members participate in relevant specialty-specific educational
activities. Membership also demonstrates your dedication to the ethical
practice of osteopathic medicine through adherence to the AOA's Code of Ethics.
American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology