Continuing Medical Education

The mission of the continuing medication education (CME) program of Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) is to plan, implement, and evaluate educational activities which focus on evidence-based clinical topics and best practices in educating medical students and residents. These activities are provided to physicians to enhance knowledge and encourage lifelong learning which optimizes patient care and training of future physicians.

The CME mission of ACOM is to optimize patient care and clinical training of future physicians through continuing professional development of physicians. This purprose aligns with ACOM’s mission to “provide quality, learner-centered osteopathic education, research, and service….with emphasis on patient-centered team-based primary care to serve the medically underserved areas of Alabama, the Tri-State area, and the nation.”


Rewarding experience educating ACOM students and earning CME credits at the same time. Physicians can participate as a “preceptor” for ACOM medical students during clerkship periods.

DO’s receive Category 1B CME for precepting ACOM students at the rate of 40 hours per week they have an ACOM student for a total of 160 for an entire month. A maximum of 20% (24 hours) of the required CME credits per 3-year AOA CME cycle may be earned for precepting medical students.

MD’s receive Category 1 CME for precepting ACOM students at the rate of 40 hours per week they have an ACOM student for a total of 160 for the entire month.

Learn more about becoming a preceptor.

CME Guide for Osteopathic Physicians:

Requirements for Osteopathic Physicians

AOA members are required to obtain 120 credit hours in a three-year cycle, with at least 30 hours in Category 1-A. The remaining 90 hours may be obtained in CME designated as Category 1-A, 1-B, 2-A, or 2-B. Osteopathic board certified physicians must earn at least 50 of their total 120 hours in their primary specialty.

General Information

Continuing Medical Education Guide for Osteopathic Physicians 2019-2021

American Osteopathic Association Continuing Medical Education General Information

DO Continuing Medical Education FAQs

CME Guide for Allopathic Physicians:

Requirements for MD Physicians

CME requirements for licensure and relicensure vary depending on the jurisdiction.  Physicians can find the State licensure and relicensing requirements on the AMA Website but should contact the appropriate state medical board to get the most recent information on state CME requirements and the reporting mechanism.


American Medical Association Continuing Medical Education