Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

These FAQs are intended to answer questions related to the Longitudinal Assessment on CATALYST, including the platform, assessment administration and assessment exam content. These FAQs will be updated on a periodic basis as additional information becomes available.

General Information

What is the Longitudinal Assessment (LA)?

In terms of medical certification, longitudinal assessments generally combine formative and summative assessment features, including feedback and other opportunities for learning. The Longitudinal Assessment (LA) is a shorter, more frequent assessment opportunity that occurs during an assessment cycle. The Addiction Medicine LA cycle is annual and includes a set number of questions that must be answered by diplomates during each year.

Why choose the Longitudinal Assessment format for OCC Component 3?

The goal of ongoing physician certification through LA is to support diplomates as lifelong learners while elevating the osteopathic medical community and profession. LA incorporates aspects of formative assessment, such as feedback and opportunities for remediation, and is a crucial component that promotes learning during the assessment. In this sense, assessment as learning becomes as important as assessment of learning.

When can I begin participating in the Longitudinal Assessment?

Your certification issue/expiration date will determine when you should begin participating in LA. This information and all the OCC requirements are available on the Addiction Medicine website.

Longitudinal Assessment (LA) Schedule
Expiration Year Register for LA Begin LA

Oct. 2023


Oct. 2029


Oct. 2030


Oct. 2031


Oct. 2024

I am already participating in Longitudinal Assessment through my Primary Board; do I still need to participate for Addiction Medicine?

Yes, Diplomates must maintain the OCC requirements of their primary certification including participating in LA and participate in OCC for their subspecialty certification.

How do I know when my certification was issued or expires?

Visit the AOA physician portal to view your certification information and to check the status of your OCC.

Exam Platform

How is the Longitudinal Assessment administered?

The Addiction Medicine Longitudinal Assessment is administered through the CATALYST platform. CATALYST is a learning platform managed by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME). In addition to the learning opportunities that the CATALYST platform offers, assessments delivered on CATALYST provide both performance feedback and educational resources for the concept being assessed.

Can I take the Longitudinal Assessment using a tablet or mobile device?

The LA on the CATALYST platform is accessible 24/7 (within the designated testing window) and can be taken on a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Where can I learn more about the CATALYST platform?

Additional detailed information regarding CATALYST platform can be found on the NBOME website.

Longitudinal Assessment Registration

How do I register for the Longitudinal Assessment?

Registration for the LA is available on the Addiction Medicine website beginning in October. If you are not eligible to enroll for the current application period, the registration system will not allow you to submit an application. Registration consists of a pre-populated application and a $100 annual fee payable only by credit or debit card. You will receive routine email reminders regarding upcoming applications as registration for the LA is required every year.

What is the deadline to register for the Addiction Medicine Longitudinal Assessment?

The LA application open and close dates are available on the Important Dates page on the Addiction Medicine website.

What is the fee for the Longitudinal Assessment?

The annual LA fee is $100 and must be paid at the time of registration on the Addiction Medicine website. The fee is payable only by credit or debit card.

Longitudinal Assessment Content

Who developed the content on the exam?

Subject matter experts practicing in the field of osteopathic addiction medicine developed the content for the LA. The Addiction Medicine Conjoint Committee selected content that is appropriate for ongoing osteopathic certification.

I have a limited scope of practice. Will this exam cover all of Addiction Medicine?

The Addiction Medicine Longitudinal Assessment covers content from the Addiction Medicine osteopathic continuous certification blueprint.

How can I get involved with writing exam questions?

If you are interested in becoming an item writer, please send an email to addictionmedicine@osteopathic.org and include your CV.

Longitudinal Assessment Administration

Are the assessments timed?

Questions are administered on the CATALYST platform and can be answered during a specified date range. The LA questions are not timed and can be completed at your own pace.

Diplomates apply for longitudinal assessment starting in October of the prior year. The annual fee for the Longitudinal Assessment is $100.

2024 Longitudinal Assessment Timeline:

  • Oct. 1, 2023: Registration for the 2024 longitudinal assessment opens
  • April 1, 2024: 2024 Addiction Medicine longitudinal assessment opens
  • Sept. 30, 2024: Access to 2024 longitudinal assessment closes
  • Oct. 1 – Nov. 17, 2024: Remediation period for unanswered or incorrect questions
Can I pause my exam and resume it at a later time?

Yes. Once you have completed a question and advanced to the next question, you may exit the CATALYST platform. Upon returning to CATALYST the exam will resume at the last unanswered question.

Can I take the assessments with a colleague?

No, LA is not a collaborative effort. The LA is to be completed independently using educational resources.

What is the passing point?

The pass point is a score of 70%.

What happens if I am unsuccessful after the remediation?

Diplomates will receive 15 questions during the exam period. A score of 70% is required to pass. Diplomates receiving a score of less than 70% will have another opportunity during the remediation period. It is expected that diplomates participate and correctly answer 70% of questions. The Addiction Medicine Conjoint Committee will review the results for all diplomates that do not meet the 70% score. Upon successful completion of the remediation, the diplomate will enter into the Longitudinal Assessment process the following year.

Can I take all of my questions in the remediation period?

No. The remediation period is designed to give diplomates a second attempt at questions that were answered incorrectly on the first attempt. The remediation period only displays questions that were not answered correctly. Diplomates who do not participate in the first exam period will only have one attempt to answer the questions during remediation.


What if I am unable to participate in a year of the Longitudinal Assessment due to personal/health issues?

Active participation in each OCC component is required to maintain continuous certification. If you are unable to complete the LA or any other component of OCC, you should contact the Addiction Medicine Conjoint Committee directly as early as possible at addictionmedicine@osteopathic.org.

Will I receive CME credits for successfully completing the Longitudinal Assessment?

Yes. Two and a half (2.5) category 1-B credits will be awarded at the end of each calendar year upon successful completion of the LA.

How do I continue to maintain my subspecialty or CAQ certification?

A longitudinal assessment plan will be developed for all subspecialty certifications in the future. Currently, Diplomates who hold a subspecialty certification in Addiction Medicine and Geriatric Medicine will be required to begin LA in 2024. For all other certifications, please contact the conjoint or certifying board directly.