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The information presented here is sourced from the Osteopathic Medical Board of California and is presented to assist you in maintaining your license to practice in California.

Effective January 1, 2018 the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Cycle changed from three (3) to two (2) years to align with your (2) year license renewal cycle. Each time you renew your license, you will need to earn and report a total of 100 hours of continuing medical education credit, to include a minimum of 40 AOA 1A or 1B hours. Credits reported should be earned in the two calendar years preceding the year of renewal.


If you are short of hours during the required period, you may use credits earned during the current year to cover the shortfall. Please be aware that any credits used in this manner will not then be available to use for your next license renewal.


For more information regarding this change please click on the following link:


For details regarding what activities count as 1A or 1B credits under the AOA guidelines, please see pages 6-11 of the 2019-2021 CME Guide for Physicians.

Physicians shall report the total number of Continuing Medical Education credits to the Board. This may be accomplished by any combination of the following:
  • (a) Sending the Board a copy of their AOA Individual Activity Report
  • (b) Sending the Board copies of any certificates given for attendance at any program approved by the Board
  • (c) Reports from any program approved by the Board, to be furnished by the physician, showing his attendance as verified by the program organizer.


If possible, please wait until you have all your CME and then mail the certificates to the Board all together; this will facilitate faster processing.

Upon submission of an application for waiver of CME credits to the OMBC, the Board may, at its discretion, waive any of the requirements under special circumstances. Applications for waivers must be submitted to the OMBC on an annual basis for consideration. While in a Residency/Fellowship program, CME requirements may be waived upon certification from the program director.
The holder of an inactive license is exempt from CME requirements. In order to restore an inactive license to active status you must complete a minimum of twenty (20) hours of Category 1-A as defined by the AOA during the 12-month period immediately preceding your application for restoration.
Any physician who has not completed 150 hours of approved CME or the prorated share during the three-year period shall be ineligible for renewal of his or her license to practice medicine until such time as the deficient hours of CME are documented to the Board. It shall constitute unprofessional conduct for any physician to misrepresent his or her compliance with the provisions of this article or who fails to comply with the provisions of this article. Each physician shall retain records for a minimum of four years of all CME programs attended which indicate the title of the course or program attended, dates of attendance, the length of the course or program, the sponsoring organization and the accrediting organization, if any.
The following CME programs are approved for credit:
  1. Those programs certified by the AOA as Category I or II credit
  2. Those programs certified by the AMA and approved by the California Medical Association (CMA) as Category I
  3. Those programs which qualify for prescribed credit from the AOA specialty groups
  4. Those programs offered by Board approved organizations and institutions.
    All physicians must complete a minimum of twelve (12) hours of CME in the subjects of pain management and the treatment of terminally ill and dying patients. This one-time requirement of twelve hours must be completed by all physicians and surgeons licensed on or after January 1, 2012 and must be completed within four (4) years of their initial license or by their second renewal date, whichever occurs first. Pathology and Radiology specialists are exempt.


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