Keeping track of the credits you need and the credits you have already earned can be a headache. ACOEP strives to make this process as easy as possible for our members. Listed below are some frequently asked questions. If you do not find the answer you need here, please email

The AOA has a three-year CME cycle, with the current one running from January 1, 2019- December 31, 2021. During these cycles, the AOA requires:

  • 150 CME Credits per AOA CME cycle
  • AOA specialty certifying boards will not require diplomates to obtain specialty-specific CME during the 2019-2021 CME cycle (per the AOBEM’s website)

The 2019-2021 CME guide is available online.

ACOEP can provide you with the amount of credits earned through ACOEP activities. Contact to request information on past activities or to claim credit.

The AOA documents all of your CME activity. You can check your profile on their website using your AOA number.

If you have a question regarding their CME Activity Report, you should contact the AOA CME Department at (800) 621-1773, ext. 8262, or

ACOEP offers both Oral Board and Written Board review courses with a pass guarantee. Visit here for more information and upcoming dates.

Contact AOBEM directly aobem@osteopathic.orgCertification Manager, Jessica Dangles.

ACOEP offers several ways for you to earn CME credits through live conferences and online courses

If you do not see ACOEP credit listed in your CME Activity Report through the AOA, contact ACOEP’s Educational Specialist Kefah Spreitzer , or (312) 445-5702.

ACOEP is happy to reissue any CME Certificate for ACOEP conferences. simply contact Kefah Spreitzer by calling 312.445.5702, or via email.

The COLA exams are administered by AOBEM. Information on how to sign up can be found on their website, or by calling (312) 202-8293.

AOBEM processes all COLA certificate requests. Email for information regarding COLA credit and certificates.

ACOEP offers a review course at the Spring Seminar to prepare attendees for that year’s premiering COLA examination. Attendees earn Category 1A CME Credit for participation in this in-depth review course of the articles and questions.

Past recordings of the 2016 and 2017 COLA review course are available through ACOEP’s Digital Classroom.

AOBEM is responsible for administering the COLA exam, as well as determining the content and topics for each module. A COLA module involves reading assigned articles from the literature and then completing an online examination concerning those articles. The list of assigned articles and applications for the examination are posted on the AOBEM website. Here is the 2019 list of articles.

CME requirements for medical licensure vary greatly from state to state. While some states do not require CME for licensure, other states require as many as 50 CME credits per year. For more information on your state’s CME requirements, contact your state medical licensing board. Click here to find your state medical board’s website.

ACOEP is a membership organization which offers CME activities to help you meet board certification and state licensure requirements. We do not have a CME requirement to maintain membership and we are independent of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM).