Joint CME Sponsorship Through the MOA

Offer AOA credits at your next CME program!

The Maine Osteopathic Association (MOA) is recognized by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) as an Accredited Category 1 CME Sponsor. As an accredited sponsor, the MOA is pleased to offer Joint Sponsorship of CME activities by non-accredited organizations. 

In order the MOA to jointly sponsor and offer credits for your program, we must ensure that the all AOA CME Guidelines have been met.  

Please contact Amanda Richards, MOA Executive Director for more information on Joint CME Sponsorship: [email protected] 207-623-1101 ext 102.


Quality Guidelines

All CME programs developed by CME Sponsors must:

  • Address one or more of the AOA seven core competencies; and

  • Utilize evidence-based medicine. Evidenced based medicine includes:

    •  A Needs Assessment for each subject area, unless included in one of the Needs Assessment exclusions.

    • A definition of anticipated targeted audience, including relevant subjects based on the needs assessment.

    • Stated and printed educational objectives.

    • Credentialed subject experts on topics presented.

    • Active audience participation when feasible. This could include question and answer sessions; hand-on learning labs, and other types of interactive sessions.

    • Mechanisms for tracking attendance and maintaining audience records.

    • An outcome survey that is sent to all attendees no sooner than fourteen (14) and no later than thirty (30) days following the conclusion of the program.

    • Ensure appropriate facilities and equipment are provided to enable the faculty to teach effectively.

    • Provide a signed Faculty Disclosure form for all faculty members.


Osteopathic Tenets and Philosophy

Programs are encouraged to include the osteopathic tenets and osteopathically recognized elements such as: 1) communication – talking about the holistic approach; 2) developing – a follow-up plan with participatory guidance; 3) facilitating – techniques etc. to help connect patients on a road to better quality of activities of daily living; 4) guiding – looking at whole picture to diagnose and treatment; 5) healing – spiritual, emotional, musculoskeletal, medical; 6) influencing (provide the environment) – acting as a patient advocate and partner to better health; 7) modifying – how to help patient change/alter lifestyle and habits for better health; and 8)restructuring – putting a plan into action.

Commercial Support

The ultimate decision regarding funding arrangements for CME activities must be the responsibility of the CME Sponsor. Funds from a commercial source should be in the form of an educational grant for the support of programming and made payable to the CME Sponsor. The terms of the grant must be set forth in a written agreement. 

There shall be no other funds paid to faculty, CME program directors, or others involved with the supported program except as provided in the written agreement. All support associated with educational activity must be made under the direction of, and with full knowledge and approval of, the CME Sponsor. 

Payment of reasonable honoraria and reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses for faculty is customary and proper. Commercial support must be acknowledged in printed announcements and brochures; however, reference must not be made to specific commercial products on (the program’s) signage or during the presentation.

Following the CME activity, the CME Sponsor must be prepared to report to each commercial supporter, information concerning the expenditure of funds each has provided.

Commercial sources may not be involved in the program design, educational content, speaker selection, or as a provision for such funding.


Please contact Amanda Richards, MOA Executive Director for more information on Joint CME Sponsorship: [email protected] 207-623-1101 ext 102.