OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

All clinical exams have been postponed. LEARN MORE

Upcoming Exams and Deadlines

Clinical Exam
All clinical exams have been postponed. More details to follow soon.

It is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is not a passing inconvenience that will be here and then gone in a short period of time. The disruption of our lives, our plans, and our futures is the new norm, and uncertainty seems to be just as prevalent each day as it was the day before. A return to normal is likely much more distant in the future than most expected. Each week will now likely become the predictor for the following week.  Life will be based on week to week decisions for many of us for quite a while.

The AOA and AOBA remain sensitive to these issues.  We are, and will, do what is in our power to provide and to preserve certification in Anesthesiology for our diplomates and candidates. Until the future of the pandemic becomes clearer, it remains difficult to provide dates for resuming examinations. Currently, it appears that late summer or early fall 2021 will be the earliest opportunity to administer an exam. Ultimately, the conditions in this country at the time of resuming active testing will dictate which options will need to be utilized at the time.

Certifying Board Services, the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists, the AOA administration, and each specialty certifying board have been in contact throughout this ordeal and/or have met via virtual meeting to navigate the actions we are taking. It is a daunting task, but be aware; the health and wellness of the practicing physician, residents, students and public remains our priority. Everyone should be protected. Though the numbers have decreased, AOBA is still being contacted by concerned individuals. All of us are doing the best we can in an uncertain environment.

Be calm. Be patient. Be reassured. And, above all else, be safe and be well.

Oral Exam
All oral exams have been postponed. More details to follow soon.

May 14, 2021
Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management, Pediatric Anesthesiology, and OCC Pain Management
Exam Date: May 14, 2021
Location: Remotely Proctored
Application Dates: Feb. 1, 2021 – April 5, 2021
Initial late fee deadline: March 3, 2021 ($600 exam fee)
Between March 4 – April 5 the Exam fee is $780 ($600 exam fee + $180 late fee)
Final deadline: April 5, 2021

June 1-30, 2021
General Anesthesiology Cognitive Assessment (OCC Component 3)
Location: Remote (Location of your convenience)
Application Period: March 1, 2021 – May 17, 2021
First application deadline: April 16, 2021 ($210 OCC annual fee)
Between April 17 – May 17 the Exam fee is $275 ($210 annual OCC fee + $65 late fee)
Final application deadline: May 17, 2021

August 2-7, 2021
General Anesthesiology Primary Written Exam
Location: Pearson VUE Testing Centers across the US
Application Period: March 2, 2021 – July 17, 2021
First application deadline: June 18, 2021 ($500 exam fee)
Between June 19 – July 17 the Exam fee is $650 ($500 exam fee + $150 late fee)
Final application deadline: July 17, 2021

Note: Approved candidates MUST register with Pearson VUE June 5 and Aug. 7
(candidates will receive notification from the AOBA on how to register after they are approved.)

Nov. 13, 2021
Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management, Pediatric Anesthesiology, and OCC Pain Management
Location: Remotely Proctored
Application Period: Aug. 13, 2021– Oct. 28, 2021
First application deadline: Sept. 29, 2021 ($600 exam fee)
Between Sept. 30 – Oct. 28 the Exam fee is $780 ($600 exam fee + $180 late fee)
Final application deadline: Oct. 28, 2021

Nov. 1-30, 2021
General Anesthesiology Cognitive Assessment (OCC Component 3)
Location: Remote (Location of your convenience)
Application Period: June 1, 2021 – Oct. 15, 2021
First application deadline: Sept. 17, 2021 ($210 OCC annual fee)
Between Sept. 18 – Oct. 15 the Exam fee is $275 ($210 annual OCC fee + $65 late fee)
Final application deadline: Oct. 15, 2021