Change the Family Medicine Osteopathic Continuous Certification Process

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To AOA, AOBFP, Osteopathic Residents, Physicians, Students, Medical Schools , Residency Program Directors, Legislators, and anyone else that may be interested in the future of Primary Care

 

We are writing this petition to ask for change in the OCC (recertification) process for family medicine osteopathic physicians

We feel this process is not only time consuming but extremely HIGH COST and unnecessary

OCC involves requirements that must be fulfilled every 7-8 year cycle include:-

  • -MANDATORY AOA yearly membership of around $680 per YEAR depending how many years of practice (around $5000 for each 8 year cycle)
  • -$2000 for 2 sets of online modules followed by chart abstractions data inputting (and an application that comes with it in which they make you write out everything that is ALREADY on your AOA profile), they claim the $2000 is a processing fee that goes towards "development and production fees, maintenance of platform and reporting features, vendor fees and record management" when inquire about such high cost for online piece of CME
  • -150 cme credits per 3 year cycle (50 of them must be 1A which means you MUST attend osteopathic conferences every 1-2 years). Conferences start at around $450 each for most state osteopathic society conferences , AOA and AOCFP a bit more
  • -$800 for written and oral test during years 7-8, plus cost of travel to testing site, and any lodging that is necessary (at least $500 in travel cost estimating cheap)

When you add up all these costs, it is approximately a ridiculous sum: $11900 for each 8 year cycle

We have many DO's that we know of that work in rural, underserved or part time medicine and simply cannot AFFORD this ridiculous amount of payments, it is unfair for someone to lose a certification just because they cannot afford the HIGH cost  

We feel that 150 CME credit requirement every AOA cycle is sufficient to maintain lifelong learning, we feel the rest of these mandated requirements do not add any more learning or benefit, and in fact, place  high financial stress to physicians, many of who are already struggling between state licensing fees, AOA CME requirements and student loan payments  

This is also a very discouraging process for any prospective medical students of family medicine or  residents , as it makes an osteopathic primary care residency less attractive   A focus of osteopathic medicine philosophy is "prevention" and preventive medicine, we should be encouraging our students to consider primary care as a career, and not scare them away with this complicated unaffordable OCC process  



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