For assistance accessing the Virtual OMED platform on demand, please email conventions@osteopathic.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Even if you didn’t participate in this year’s live virtual conference, there’s still time to take advantage of more than 180 sessions of cutting-edge education with unlimited access to the OMED virtual platform through Oct. 25. Read on for answers to all your OMED 2020 questions or reach out to us for additional information. Registration is now closed.

Q: When will I receive my CME attestation link?

All sessions are available for viewing through Oct. 25. The link to complete your Survey & CME Attestation will be sent via email on Oct. 26 to 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 both the CME survey, attestation and print your certificate by Nov. 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 be shown by the title, date and time of initial broadcast. Note: The system will allow attendees to mark sessions and claim credit for sessions that were concurrent. 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 are able to “Save” their attestation per 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 your 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 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 Nov. 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 Osteopathic.org. 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 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 Nov. 15.

Q: What type of CME credits can I earn at OMED?

Information on Continuing Medical Education credits at OMED are available on the OMED website “CME Information” page.

Attendees can also claim up to two (2) credits of AOA Category 2-B CME by viewing ePosters. To claim this credit and receive a certificate, the participant must complete and submit a separate attestation form to gdillard@osteopathic.org.

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. There are a few exceptions of some specialty sessions that do not offer CME. Keynotes/Main Stage, Wellness Sessions, Exhibits, Students, and other sessions do not offer CME.

All sessions which have CME or do not have CME are listed in the mobile app or in the digital program.

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

The conference attendees may participate in any of the offered sessions across specialties as part of the core OMED credits.

Q: How can I find out if my specialty will offer CME at OMED 2020? Is there a digital program?

The digital program is posted on the OMED site. The virtual platform has each specialty and joint sessions listed as selections.

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

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

Category 1 credit is all Osteopathic CME credit. Category A is usually live activities, and Category B is not (with a few exceptions). Further details are available on the CME Guide.

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

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are typically allopathic CME while AOA CME is typically osteopathic CME. Both are equivalent. The physician should make a selection on which credit to claim based upon their own person requirements with their boards, 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 Osteopathic.org. 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 MemberService@osteopathic.org.

Q: Why should I attend OMED 2020?

This is a historic time, and attending OMED 2020 is one of the best opportunities this year to learn the latest trends and treatments related to COVID-19, hear exclusive updates from the nation’s public health leaders and network with your colleagues across the profession. OMED 2020, the must-attend virtual CME event of the year for the osteopathic profession, will offer close to 100 hours of continuing medical education.

Q: What is the deadline to register for the OMED 2020?

Registration is now closed.

Q: What does my registration for OMED include?

Access to seven days of CME programming with close to 100 hours of content available through Oct. 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. The separate registration for Dermatology is now closed. Anyone who registered for Dermatology before it closed should have received an email with instructions for logging into AOCD website. If you have any questions or need more information, contact the AOCD website at www.aocd.org.

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 2020?

Yes, the student track is available for on demand viewing. Click on Students icon in the platform for sessions.

Q: Is there a post-doctoral trainee/resident track at OMED 2020?

Yes, the post-doctoral trainee/resident track is available for on demand viewing. Click on the Schedule icon and under Topic select Residents.

Q: How long will the content from OMED 2020 be available?

All content from OMED 2020 is available on demand through Oct. 25, 2020.

Q: How can I navigate the OMED 2020 exhibit hall?

The exhibit hall is virtual with product and service listing for each vendor. Click on the Exhibits icon within the platform.

Q: Will the sessions be live or recorded?

The sessions are recorded, and content is available for viewing through Oct. 25.

Q: Will students still present their research projects?

To view the research projects, click on the ePosters icon and then Gallery icon. Follow the login instructions to view the ePosters.

Attendees can also claim up to two (2) credits of AOA Category 2-B CME by viewing ePosters. To claim this credit and receive a certificate, the participant must complete and submit a separate attestation form to gdillard@osteopathic.org.

Q: How can I access the OMED digital program?

The OMED 2020 digital program is posted on the OMED website.

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

Submit your questions on this form: https://aoaforms.formstack.com/forms/omed2020_sme_questions. Per AOA Category 1-A CME requirements, a faculty member or SME will respond to your question within one week of an inquiry through Nov. 1, 2020. Please be aware that the SME may respond to your question directly to your contact information or it may be posted online on a FAQ page per specialty.

Q: Will I complete individual session evaluations?

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

The Overall Conference evaluation and CME self-attestation is what is required to be completed to receive CME credits and will be emailed on Oct. 26.

Q: Where are the learning objectives?

Learning objective for sessions can be found in the digital program and the mobile app.

Q: How do I access lecture slides?

To access slides, please contact your specialty college.

Q: Is there a mobile app for OMED 2020?

Build your own schedule, set meeting reminders, access conference FAQ’s and Connect and Chat with other attendees in the OMED 2020 App!

  • Download the Guidebook App through the App Store and Google Play.
  • Open the app and go to “Find Guides” (bottom right tab), tap the “Have a Passphrase?” button on the bottom of the page, and type in OMED2020.

Q: What special technology do I need to attend virtual OMED 2020?

  • We recommend using a computer or laptop with one of these three browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox.
  • Safari, Internet Explorer and mobile devices are not fully compatible with the platform.
  • The platform does support iPhone 11s 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 watch sessions, we highly recommend you switch 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 you stay in the same room, or close to your router or use 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 virtual! Although we will not be meeting in person because of safety concerns and travel restrictions due to COVID-19, OMED will still offer the cutting-edge education, insightful discussions, and networking opportunities you have come to expect.

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 conventions@osteopathic.org or call the AOA’s Member Resource Center at (888) 62-MYAOA (888-626-9262).

Q: When will future OMED conferences be held?

The following conferences are planned:

  • OMED 2021: Oct. 22-25, in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 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

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