Continuing Education is a fact of life for physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals. For some, state licensing boards and national certification boards require a specific number of continuing education hours to maintain certification. The Aerospace Medical Association offers continuing education during the Annual Scientific Meeting for physicians, nurses, technicians and allied health professionals.
The Aerospace Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians. AsMA designates educational activities for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AsMA's Annual Scientific Meeting is authorized by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), via the American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine (AOCOPM), to provide continuing medical education for osteopathic physicians. AsMA designates the Annual Scientific Meeting for Category IB specialty continuing medical education. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity. The Annual Scientific Meeting is also reviewed and is typically acceptable for Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
For Aviation Medical Examiners, Continuing Medical Education is provided by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Nurses and Technicians are welcome to register for Continuing Nursing Education Recognition Credit. [Note: USAF Nurses may obtain Category C recognition credit through the Air Force Nurse Corps Continuing Education and Recognition Program (CEARP). To obtain credit, submit a copy of the
course completion certificate and supporting documentation such as a program schedule along with completed Air Form 2664 to the Air Force Nurse Education Program Manager, Ms. Sandra Bruce, Sandra.Bruce@randolph.af.mil. This credit can be used towards fulfilling the AF requirement for contact hours.]
Maintenance of Certification Modules
The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) requires that all physicians requiring recertification in Aerospace Medicine, Occupational Medicine, or General Preventive Medicine meet several criteria prior to being considered for recertification.
One of them is Maintenance of Certification (MOC). This is a method to assure that physicians are maintaining currency in their specialty area. At the Annual Scientific Meeting, AsMA has agreed to offer non-concurrent hours of training that will qualify for Aerospace Medicine credit in the MOC system. The Sunday workshops, meeting panels, and meeting slide sessions throughout the week are used to provide this credit.
Most panels and slide sessions will be worth 1.5 units of credit (double panels are worth 3). Questions will be provided in a packet to all physicians who regsiter for this activity. The AsMA HQ office will maintain records of successful completion of the questions and forward these to the ABPM.