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Newsletter - March 9, 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: David Walls

March 9, 2016


- David Walls, President (OR)
- Angela Westhoff, President-elect (ME)
- Brian Bowles, Past President (MO)

- Devin Bradford (TN)
- Frazier Edwards (AR)
- Maria Harris (VA)
- Suzanne Frederick (ID) 

Upcoming Events

DO Day on Capitol Hill | April 13

National Osteopathic Medicine Week | April 19-25

AOSED Annual Meeting | July 20-21 | Chicago

AOA House of Delegates | July 21-24 | Chicago

AOSED Strategic Planning - Call for volunteers

AOSED is in the beginning phase of a comprehensive strategic planning process and is looking for members who would like to be involved. While all members will have the opportunity to provide input, we will have a planning team and specific subject subcommittees to being this work. If you are interested in being involved on the planning team or have a specific area of interest for a subcommittee, please let me know by email at We are in the preliminary planning phase and will provide more detailed updates as the plan development begins.
Changes to CME Policies

At the AOA Mid-Year meeting, Resolution B-11 was approved, making several changes to the accreditation requirements for AOA CME Sponsors. The changes will:

1 - Increase the limit on CME credits that can be earned online during the 3-year cycle from 9 to 15. Please note, this only changes the limit - this does not change the criteria for online programs to be approved for 1-A credit.

2 - Eliminate the pre-approval process. There will no longer be a need to for accredited sponsors to send in their program information for pre-approval. There will be a standard accreditation statement to be used on marketing materials by all 1-A sponsors. I do not have the new statement yet, so sponsors are advised to continue using the current accreditation statement until the new guidelines are provided.

 3 - Require programs to be filed with the AOA (your roster of attendance) no later than 90 days following the completion of the event.

I am waiting for clarification to confirm when the new standards will go into effect, but encourage sponsors to prepare for these changes as they will be implemented this cycle. The CCME will meet on April 16 and I am hopeful that the final version of the accreditation guide will be available following this meeting.

Other Resolutions

Several other resolutions were passed at the Mid-Year meeting that will have an impact on state associations. A summary is listed below, and all resolutions can be viewed at through this link.

NB-5: Adds an osteopathic medical student, resident, and new physician in practice as an advisor to the AOA Board of Trustees, and include in executive sessions. These will be non-voting positions. 

B-6: Specialty CME Policy – Changes general requirements for specialty CME credit
Specialty credit must be presented by a board certified physician with the following exceptions (Exceptions were previously on a case-by-case basis)
-Non physicians may be viewed on case-by-case basis by certifying board
- Residents (MD or DO) are automatically exempted
- Faculty of MD or DO school are automatically exempted

The requirement for the topic to applicable for the specialty still applies as do any other requirements from the individual specialty Board

B-9: Creates a task force to study CME specialty requirements
- Task force must include: SOSE, specialty colleges, BOS, certifying boards, and others

NB-1: Begins development of rules to create an AOA membership category for MDs

NB-3: Begins development of rulemaking to allow MDs to be eligible for AOA Board Certification

NB-4: Outline of AOA Strategic Plan
- Member Model, Value, and Relevance
- Enhance AOA Board Certification
- Support Affiliate Alignment
- International Impact
- Governance Alignment

B-13: Changes to AOA Bureaus, Councils, and Committees
Disband the following:
-Budgets adjustment subcommittee (handled by finance committee or task force)
-Bureau of communications (to be managed by task forces)
-Council of student affairs, interns, residents, and new physicians and replace with Bureau of Emerging Leaders
-Council of AOA Policy
-Council of AOA Building (handled by investment committee)
-Dale Dodson Education Fund Committee (handled by investment committee)
-Information Technology Advisory Bureau (handled by task forces)
-Osteopathic Family Relief Fund (handled by American Osteopathic Foundation)

Changes to following:
- Adds member with experience in teaching health centers to Bureau of OGME Development
- Rename Bureau of Conventions to Bureau of OMED
- Combine Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research with Council on Research
- Change membership on Bureau on Scientific Affairs
- Restore the following committees: Committee on Awards, Strategic Planning Committee with membership to include new physicians in practice


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