American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics - Update
By Kayse M. Shrum, DO, FACOP
The Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) process can be confusing. The AOBP hopes this will provide clarity and will be helpful as diplomates navigate the OCC process.
The OCC cycle is a nine-year cycle and all AOBP diplomates follow the same cycle. The first cycle is 2013-2021. Therefore, regardless of the diplomate’s certificate date, the OCC cycle began January 1, 2013 and commences on December 31, 2021. Those components that are continuous throughout the OCC Cycle and must be maintained include:
Component 1: Must hold a valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in one of the 50 states. Must adhere to the AOA’s Code of Ethics.
Component 2: Consistent 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. Of these 120 CME credit hours, a minimum of 50 credit hours must be in the specialty area of certification.
Component 5: Maintain continuous membership with the AOA.
There are additional AOBP requirements for OCC that have specific deadlines. These include:
Component 2: There are additional requirements to CME for Component 2. These include the POMT modules and e-Journals. There are also alternatives offered to meet the e-Journal requirement. These can be found on the AOBP website. These additional required activities are due by December 31, 2021. The AOBP offers a recommended guideline to keep current and on track but it is not a required guideline.
Component 3: Cognitive Assessment Exam- The AOBP’s certificate term length is ten years. It is important to note that the OCC Cognitive exam (previously the recertification exam) is not tied to the 3 year CME cycle. This exam deadline is based on the diplomate’s individual 10 year certificate.
Component 4: Practice Performance Assessment- Every AOBP diplomate must complete two PPA’s in the 9-year OCC Cycle. The deadline for these PPA’s is December 31, 2021 for every diplomate. The AOBP website has more information regarding the specifics of these PPA’s www.aobp.org. The Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists approved PPAs other than the AOBP and AOA created modules to be submitted for this requirement. This should make it easier for our colleagues in subspecialties, those who are dually boarded and those who work in group or hospital systems to meet Component 4.
The American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics website has more in depth information regarding OCC. Please visit www.aobp.org. The staff is also available to help with navigating the OCC process and can be reached at (800) 621-1773 ext. 8267 or via email at email@example.com.
AOBP staff will also be available during the ACOP convention to answer any questions you may have regarding OCC. The AOBP OCC booth will be located next to the registration desk.