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PDFWAC 246-853-070

Categories of creditable continuing professional education activities.

For those licensed osteopathic physicians unable to satisfy the one hundred fifty hour continuing professional education requirement by meeting the certification options in WAC 246-853-080(2), the following are categories of creditable continuing medical education activities approved by the board. The credits must be earned in the thirty-six month period preceding application for renewal of licensure. One clock hour shall equal one credit hour.
(1) Category 1 - A minimum of sixty credit hours of the total one hundred fifty hour requirements are mandatory under this general category.
(a) Category 1-A - Formal educational programs sponsored by nationally recognized osteopathic or medical institutions, organizations and their affiliates.
Examples of recognized sponsors include, but are not limited to:
(i) Formal medical associations including, but not limited to, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or the American Medical Association (AMA);
(ii) Accredited osteopathic or medical schools and hospitals;
(iii) Osteopathic or medical societies and specialty practice organizations;
(iv) Continuing medical education institutes;
(v) Governmental health agencies and institutions;
(vi) Residencies, fellowships and preceptorships; or
(vii) Interactive online courses and materials that assign a specific number of credits or contact hours and are provided by nationally recognized osteopathic and medical institutions, organizations, and their affiliates.
(b) Category 1-B - Preparation in publishable form of an original scientific paper (defined as one which reflects a search of the literature, appends a bibliography, and contains original data gathered by the author) and initial presentation before a postdoctoral audience qualified to critique the author's statements. Maximum allowable credit for the initial presentation will be ten credit hours per scientific paper. A copy of the paper in publishable form shall be submitted to the board. Publication of the above paper or another paper in a professional journal approved by the board may receive credits as approved by the board up to a maximum of fifteen credit hours per scientific paper.
(c) Category 1-C - Serving as a teacher, lecturer, preceptor or moderator-participant in any formal educational program. Such teaching would include classes in colleges of osteopathic medicine and medical colleges and lecturing to hospital interns, residents and staff. Total credits allowed under Category 1-C are forty-five per three-year period, with one hour's credit for each hour of actual instruction.
(2)(a) Category 2-A - Home study - The board strongly believes that participation in formal professional education programs is essential in fulfilling a physician's total education needs. The board is also concerned that the content and educational quality of many unsolicited home study materials are not subject to impartial professional review and evaluation. It is the individual physician's responsibility to select home study materials that will be of actual benefit. For these reasons, the board has limited the number of credits which may be granted for home study, and has adopted strict guidelines in granting these credits.
(i) Reading - Credits may be granted for reading the Journal of the AOA or AMA, and other selected journals published by recognized osteopathic organizations. One-half credit per issue is granted for reading alone. An additional one-half credit per issue is granted if the quiz found in the AOA Journal is completed and returned to the division of continuing medical education. Credit for all other reading is limited to recognized scientific journals listed in Index Medicus. One-half credit per issue is granted for reading these recognized journals.
(ii) Listening - Credits may be granted for listening to programs distributed by the AOA audio-educational service. Other audio programs sponsored by nationally recognized organizations and companies are also eligible for credit. One-half credit per audio program may be granted. An additional one-half credit may be granted for each AOA audio-educational service program if the quiz card for the tape found in the AOA Journal is completed and returned.
(iii) Other home study courses - Subject-oriented and refresher home study courses and programs sponsored by recognized professional organizations are eligible for credit. The number of credit hours indicated by the sponsor will be accepted by the board.
(b) A maximum of ninety credit hours per three-year period may be granted for all home study activities under Category 2-A.
(c) Category 2-B - Preparation and personal presentation of a scientific exhibit at a county, regional, state or national professional meeting. Total credits allowed under Category 2-B are thirty per three-year period, with ten credits granted for each new and different scientific exhibit. Appropriate documentation must be submitted with the request for credit.
(d) Category 2-C - All other programs and modalities of continuing professional education. Included under this category are informal educational activities such as observation at medical centers; programs dealing with experimental and investigative areas of medical practice, and programs conducted by nonrecognized sponsors.
(e) Total credits allowed under Category 2-C are thirty hours per three-year period.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.57.005, 18.130.050, and 18.340.020. WSR 20-09-025, § 246-853-070, filed 4/6/20, effective 5/7/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.57.005. WSR 90-24-055 (Order 100B), recodified as § 246-853-070, filed 12/3/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: 1979 c 117 § 3(4). WSR 79-12-066 (Order 324), § 308-138-210, filed 11/29/79.]
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