PA Licensure Requirements

Pennsylvania has a two-year licensure cycle. The current cycle runs from November 1, 2016 to October 31, 2018.

The State Board of Osteopathic Medicine (SBOM) requires the following for unrestricted osteopathic physician license renewal:

• A minimum of 100 CME credits;
• A minimum of 20 Category 1A AOA CME credits;
• A minimum of 12 patient safety/risk management credits (Category 1 or Category 2);
• A minimum of 2 hours of board-approved education in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements (Category 1 or Category 2);
• A minimum of 2 hours of continuing education in pain management, the identification of addiction, or the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids (Category 1 or Category 2).

For a more detailed explanation of Pennsylvania's licensure requirements, please click here.

The education requirements for patient safety/risk management credits, child abuse recognition and reporting, and opioids are not required by the American Osteopathic Association, but are mandatory for Pennsylvania licensure renewal.

 

Definitions

Category 1A AOA CME Credits

AOA Category 1-A credits can be obtained by attending formal, face-to-face educational programs that are designed to enhance clinical competence, improve patient care and are sponsored by an AOA-accredited Category 1-A CME sponsor.

Patient Safety/Risk Management Credits

Approved activities in the area of patient safety and risk management may include the following topics: Improving medical records and record keeping; Reducing medical errors; Professional conduct and ethics; Improving communications; Preventative medicine; Healthcare quality improvements.  Patient safety/risk management credits must be documented by an AOA, ACCME, AMA or AAFP accredited sponsor (institution, health system, professional association, etc.).

Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Education (Act 31 of 2014)

All persons applying for the renewal of an osteopathic physician license must complete board-approved child abuse recognition and reporting education.  Click here to view Act 31 FAQs and a list of approved course providers.

Opioid Education (Act 124 of 2016)

All persons applying for the renewal of an osteopathic physician license must complete at least 2 hours of approved opioid education. Click here to view the SBOM notice.

 

Your CME Record with POMA

As a service to its members, POMA tracks all CME credits sponsored by POMA in our database.  We also report these credits to the AOA on behalf of program attendees.  POMA also records information submitted by members into our database for coursework conducted outside of POMA.  Documentation can be faxed to (717) 939-7255 or emailed to cme@poma.org.

As part of the new POMA website, we are building functionality so that members can view their CME record in real time and upload credits to our system for coursework completed outside of POMA.  This feature will be available in January 2018!  In the meantime, if you need a CME report, please email cme@poma.org or contact the Central Office.

 

Questions?

Contact POMA at (717) 939-9318 or e-mail cme@poma.org.

Contact the SBOM at (717) 783-4858, e-mail st-osteopathic@pa.gov or click here to be directed to the SBOM website.