Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to all your questions about OMED21

Registration and housing will open this summer. Participate in-person or virtually and select from 100+ sessions of cutting-edge education with unlimited access to the OMED virtual platform through Nov. 25. Read on for answers to all your OMED 2021 questions or contact us for additional information.

Q. When will I receive my CME attestation link?

All sessions are available for viewing through Nov. 25. The link to complete your Survey & CME Attestation will be available on the platform for attendees in a CME-eligible category. The link will be posted on the virtual OMED platform, OMED website and sent to the email address used in your OMED registration. Please remember to complete the CME survey, attestation and print your certificate by Dec. 15. Be sure to check your spam or junk email.

Q. How do I complete the attestation?

The attestation will have a listing of all CME-accredited sessions by day. Attendees will need to mark the sessions they attended, which will show the title, date and time of initial broadcast/live session. Note: The system will allow attendees to mark sessions and claim credit for concurrent sessions. The attestation will automatically calculate the appropriate amount of CME credits for all sessions that were marked as attended, up to the maximum amount of credits. Attendees will be able to “Save” the attestation for each day and view the final Transcript/Certificate to ensure that they have claimed the appropriate credit and marked all sessions that they attended. Once attendees are satisfied and have claimed credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity, they can click “Print Certificate” to receive a final copy of the certificate. Please be aware that you must complete your evaluation (titled as “Three Minute Survey”) before you can receive your certificate.

Q. When will I receive a certificate of completion for my OMED credits?

Upon submission of the online attestation form, a verification letter/certificate for your earned credits can be immediately printed and/or emailed to the registration email. Please remember to complete both your evaluation and attestation by Dec. 15. The AOA also reports the credits you earned directly to the AOA Customer Resource Center, which posts the credits to your online CME Activity Report found on Please note that the AOA only provides letters of verification for credits earned during previous conferences upon request, so please direct those inquiries to (888) 62-MYAOA (888-626-9262).

Q. Will I receive a certificate if I am not a current AOA member or a DO?

Yes, upon submission of the online attestation form, a verification letter/certificate for your earned credits can be immediately printed and/or emailed to the registration email. Please remember to complete both your evaluation and attestation by Dec. 15.

Q. Which sessions are available for CME Credit?

A general rule of thumb is that almost all specialty sessions, joint sessions and symposia are available for CME credit. You can view these sessions on the “Schedule” icon or “Symposia” icon on the OMED conference platform. There are a few exceptions for specialty sessions that do not offer CME. Keynotes/main stage events, wellness sessions, exhibits, student track programming, and other sessions do not offer CME.

Q. Do I have to participate in only the sessions for my specialty?

No, conference attendees may participate in any of the offered sessions across all specialties.

Q. How can I find out if my specialty will offer CME at OMED 2021? Is there a digital program?

The digital program will be available in late summer. The virtual platform will include listings for all specialty programs and joint sessions.

OMED incorporates specialties across osteopathic medicine, including: Addiction Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Dermatology, Family Practice, Neurology and Psychiatry, Occupational and Preventive Medicine, Osteopathy, Obstetrics & Gynecology , Pathologists, Prolotherapy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiologists, Rheumatology, Surgery, and Sports Medicine.

Q. What is the difference between AOA Category 1-A credit and 1-B credit?

Category 1 credit is designated for osteopathic CME activities. Category A activities are usually live, and Category B activities are not (with a few exceptions). Further details can be found in the CME Guide.

Q. What is the difference between AOA and AMA credits?

AOA CME credit is typically awarded for osteopathic CME activities, while AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are typically awarded for allopathic CME activities. Both are equivalent. You should select which credit you plan to claim based on your requirements for board certification, state licensure, etc. Learn more.

Q. How can I find out how many CME credits I have?

If you’re an AOA member, you may view your CME Activity Report by logging into Members also have access to a personalized CME dashboard in the My AOA section of the website. Alternatively, you may contact the AOA’s Member Resource Center at (888) 62-MYAOA (888-626-9262) or via email.

Q. Why should I attend OMED 2021?

This is a historic time, and attending OMED 2021 in-person or virtually is one of the best opportunities this year to learn the latest trends, hear exclusive updates from the nation’s public health leaders and connect with your colleagues across the profession. OMED 2021, the must-attend hybrid CME event of the year for the osteopathic profession, will offer more 100 hours of cutting edge CME to help you take your practice of medicine to the next level.

Q. What is the deadline to register for the OMED 2021?

Registration will be open in mid-summer through Nov. 24, 2021. Visit our registration page for more information.

Q. What does my registration for OMED include?

Access to CME programming with more than 100 hours of content available through Nov. 25. The registration fee permits you to attest up to 30 AOA Category 1-A credits and 20 Category 1-B credits or 50 AMA PRA Category 1-A Credits™ from across specialties.

In-person Registration Bonus: Those that attend OMED in-person in Phoenix, AZ, will have the opportunity to claim an additional 10 Category 1-A credits.

Q. Does my specialty receive a portion of my conference registration fee?

Yes, AOA shares the revenue with all participating specialty colleges.

Q. Is there a student track at OMED 2021?

Yes, a student track will be offered. More information will be available soon.

Q. Is there a resident track at OMED 2021?

Yes, a resident track will be offered. More information will be shared soon.

Q. How long will the content from OMED 2021 be available?

Whether you attend in-person or virtually, all content from OMED 2021 will be available on demand through Nov. 25, 2021.

Q. How can I navigate the OMED 2021 exhibit hall?

Join exhibitors at the Phoenix convention center or virtually throughout the event.

Q. Will the sessions be live or recorded?

Both! OMED 2021 is a hybrid event, therefore some of the sessions will be presented live at the Phoenix Convention Center, but all content will be recorded and viewable on the virtual platform. The sessions presented live at the Phoenix Convention Center will be viewable on the platform starting on Oct. 25. All content will be available through Nov. 25.

Q. What if I have a question that I want to ask the faculty after the broadcast time?

You will be able to contact faculty via the virtual platform.

Q. Will I complete individual session evaluations?

Not all sessions will offer session and speaker evaluations. However, some may include a “Survey Link” at the top of the platform page for the session. These individual session evaluations are not linked to CME and are not mandatory, however, you are encouraged to complete the survey if you attend the lecture.

Completion of the overall conference evaluation and CME self-attestation is required in order to receive CME credit. These items will be accessible on the virtual platform.

Q. Where are the learning objectives?

Learning objective for sessions can be found in the mobile app, coming soon.

Q. How do I access lecture slides?

Handouts will be available on the virtual platform.

Q. Is there a mobile app for OMED 2021?

An OMED21 mobile app will be available for download in October, enabling attendees to build their own schedule, set meeting reminders, access conference FAQs and connect with other attendees. Check back soon for more details.

Q. What special technology do I need to attend virtual OMED 2021?

We recommend using a computer or laptop with one of the following browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox.

Safari, Internet Explorer and mobile devices are not fully compatible with the platform.

The platform does support iPhone 11 running v14, as well as newer iPads, Windows 10 w/Chrome, Firefox, or Edge, and most Macs running Chrome or Firefox.

We don’t recommend using your iPad. If you are using an iPad, we recommend ensuring your browser is updated with the most recent installation. If you see a black screen while trying to view sessions, we recommend switching to a computer or laptop for the duration of your time on the platform.

Additional tips: Close out all unnecessary tabs, refresh occasionally, disconnect from your VPN, keep your computer charged and stay close to your router, or use a direct ethernet connection.

Network: For the best wireless connection, we suggest staying in the same room or close to your router or using a direct ethernet connection.

Sound: Can’t hear? Check the sound level on your computer.

Browser audio, video, session issues, or blank screens: Refresh your browser with F5 Key (Windows) or Command + R (Mac). It may help to refresh multiple times.

Not fixed? Refresh cookies for OMED site. In Chrome on Windows, Max, or Android, Click the lock icon left of the website address, click Cookies (## in use), hit Remove for each, then hit Done. In Firefox on Windows or Mac, click the lock icon left of the website address, Clear Cookies & Site data, then Remove.

Still not fixed? Clear all browser history/cache with Ctrl+Shift+Delete (Windows) or Command+Shift+Delete (Mac).

Do not use your mobile phone for the platform. Although, we do recommend you use your phone for the OMED app via Guidebook. It is a great way to build your schedule.

Q. What is OMED?

Hosted by the American Osteopathic Association, OMED is an annual medical conference bringing together thousands of osteopathic physicians, medical students and other health professionals from across the country.

This year, OMED is going hybrid!, OMED offers the cutting-edge education, insightful discussions, and networking opportunities in-person and virtually.

Q. What does OMED stand for?

OMED stands for Osteopathic Medical Education Conference.

Q. Where can I send feedback or suggestions?

The AOA constantly strives to improve your OMED experience. All feedback and suggestions are appreciated. Email or call the AOA’s Member Resource Center at (888) 62-MYAOA (888-626-9262). Please be sure to also complete the session and overall conference surveys.

Q. When will future OMED conferences be held?

OMED 2022: Oct. 27-30, in Boston, Massachusetts

OMED 2023: Oct. 6-9, in Orlando, Florida

OMED 2024: Sept. 19-22, in San Diego, California

OMED 2025: Sept. 25-28, in Nashville, Tennessee

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