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Continuing Medical Education

VCOM’s Department of Faculty and Staff Development is committed to the creation and dissemination of information and programs that will support the key areas identified by the AOA’s Accreditation Manual for CME Sponsors. Our goal is to foster a culture of excellence and to develop a collegial faculty community that continues to improve and grow.

Accreditation for Faculty Development and Continuing Medical Education

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. In the fall of 2013, the AOA’s Council on Continuing Medical Education (CCME) awarded VCOM three years accreditation as a Category 1 CME sponsor. VCOM strictly adheres to the standards and regulations provided by the AOA governing the provision and documentation of CME programming.

Key Parts of a Continuing Medical Education Faculty Development Program

The AOA’s Accreditation Manual for CME Sponsors identifies three key parts of a faculty development program:

  • “Faculty Development refers to those programs which focus on the individual faculty member. The most common focus for programs of this type is the faculty member as a teacher. Faculty development specialists provide consultation on teaching, including class organization, evaluation of students, in-class presentation skills, questioning and all aspects of design and presentation. They also advise faculty on other aspects of teacher/student interaction, such as advising, tutoring, discipline policies and administration.
  • A second frequent focus of such programs is the faculty member as a scholar and professional. These programs offer assistance in career planning, professional development in scholarly skills such as grant writing, publishing, committee work, administrative work, supervisory skills, and a wide range of other activities expected of faculty.
  • A third area on which faculty development programs focuses is the faculty member as a person. This includes wellness management, interpersonal skills, stress and time management, assertiveness development and a host of other programs which address the individual's well-being.”

Each year VCOM holds faculty development sessions on campus and in our clinical sites upon request to enrich the faculty members education. Faculty development programs are also provided on line and opportunities are sent to the faculty through their Chairs. Faculty are always welcome to contact the Assistant Dean or Director of Faculty Development to request additional materials or programs.

The American osteopathic Association awards Category 2 B credit for faculty development. Please visit the AOA’s Continuing Medical Education Guide for Osteopathic Physicians for complete information about the 2019 – 2021 cycle.

CME Requirements and Information 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.


Sites for CME offered by the College and by our Partner State Associations

CME Requirements and Information for MD Physicians


CME requirements for licensure and relicensure vary depending on the jurisdiction. Sixty-one (61) state and US territory licensing boards (both allopathic and osteopathic) now have mandatory CME requirements for relicensure. Forty-eight (48) states and territories will accept a current AMA PRA certificate or an AMA approved PRA application as documentation of meeting the CME requirements. 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.

For More Information

CME Credit for Precepting

If you are interested in learning more about precepting VCOM students or if you are an existing preceptor, please see, Becoming a Clinical Preceptor for more information.

Osteopathic Preceptors

Osteopathic preceptors are allowed a maximum of sixty (60) Category 1 B credits per three year CME cycle by the AOA. In order to be eligible, the preceptor’s name and signature must appear on the VCOM student evaluation. In order to receive this credit, no other action is required on the part of the preceptor. A list of qualifying preceptors is generated and verified by the clinical department and submitted biannually to the AOA’s Department of CME. If you are a VCOM preceptor and need assistance, please contact Deborah Bourne, Director of Faculty and Staff Development, Virginia Campus, at 540-231-5844 or dbourne [at]

Please reference the AOA’s Continuing Medical Education site for additional information about continuing medical education.

MD Preceptors

Allopathic preceptors may claim AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™. These continuing medical education credits are self-documented and these records should be maintained by the physician in the event of an audit. Please reference the Physician's Recognition Award and Credit System™ which provides complete information about qualifying activities and the reporting process. If you are a VCOM preceptor and need assistance, please contact Deborah Bourne, Director of Faculty and Staff Development, Virginia Campus, at 540-231-5844 or dbourne [at]