A physician’s eligibility for AOA board certification begins upon completion of their specialty or subspecialty training program and ends on Dec. 31st of the following sixth year.
The following eligibility requirements must be met for AOA board certification. You must:
- Be a graduate of a COCA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine.
- Satisfactorily complete a one-year fellowship in an AOA or ACGME recognized training program
- Hold an active license to practice medicine in a state or territory.
- Meet any specialty-specific requirements for board certification.
- Pass all required certification exams.
- Adhere to the AOA Code of Ethics.
Board eligibility status will be automatically terminated in the following circumstances:
- After completion of the board eligibility timeframe.
- Upon denial of an appeal to extend the board eligibility timeframe for an individual.
- Upon award of certification.
Re-Entry into the Certification Process
A physician who has not obtained final certification at the end of six years of board eligibility may petition their primary board—Pediatrics or Internal Medicine—for re-entry into the certification process. Upon acceptance by the candidate’s primary board, the candidate must sit for the next available exam.
Resolution 56: Eligibility for ABMS-Certified DOs
Resolution 56 defines the certification eligibility for ABMS-certified internists seeking primary certification from the AOBIM. To be eligible for Resolution 56, ABMS-certified osteopathic physicians must meet the following requirements:
- Be certified by the ABMS and have completed residency training prior to submitting an application. Note that ABMS-certified osteopathic physicians who participated in a clinical pathway (in lieu of completing a residency program) to achieve ABMS certification may be allowed to enter the certification process under the following conditions:
- The pathway must have been completed prior to 1995; and
- The candidate must meet any additional requirements set by the specialty board for certification.
- Additional requirements and fees as designated by the certifying board.
- Complete and submit the application and release of information form.
Right to Appeal
If a candidate feels that the actions of the American Osteopathic Conjoint Examination Committee on Adult and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology with regard to any part of the examination constitute unequal application of the regulations and requirements or standards, unwarranted discrimination, prejudice, unfairness or improper conduct of the examination, he or she has the right to appeal to the examination committee.
Appeals can be made in writing to the American Osteopathic Conjoint Examination Committee on Adult and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. The appellant must submit the completed Appeal Request Form to the board within 30 days of receipt of notification of failure in the case of all written exams. Each appeal submitted on an Appeal Request Form will be considered by the AOBP and the AOBIM. A majority vote of the Board will determine whether the AOBP and the AOBIM accept or deny the appeal.
The AOBP and the AOBIM will not consider appeals based on examination content, sufficiency or accuracy of answers given to examination questions, scoring of the examination, scoring of answers to individual questions, and/or the determination of the minimum passing score.
Compliance With Federal Regulations
The conjoint complies with all applicable federal and state regulations, including:
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): The conjoint committee complies with requirements prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation, as well as regulations for Title II and Title III (and all subsequent regulations) as printed in the federal register.
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA): In compliance with the HIPAA Act of 1996 and any subsequent modifications, the conjoint committee ensures that individuals’ health information is properly protected, while allowing the flow of health information to provide and promote high quality health care.