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Cognitive Assessment (Component 3) – General Anesthesiology: Cognitive Assessment


New AOBA requirements for the General Anesthesiology OCC (Osteopathic Continuous Certification) will take effect on June 1, 2019. Under the new format, diplomates will complete an online, open-book cognitive assessment every three years rather than the 10-year OCC examination.

AOBA diplomates whose certification expires between 2019-2021 will be the first to take the new cognitive assessment, which will be offered on a semi-annual basis. This year, the assessment will be offered March 1-31, 2020 and Nov. 1–30, 2020.

The application period is currently open for the Nov. 1-30, 2020 assessment.

*See below for information regarding OCC subspecialty exams*

Assessment format

The cognitive assessment for board-certified physicians includes 50 multiple-choice questions that must be completed within a 30-day timeframe.

Exam Scoring

AOA reports certification results using standardized scores. Examination results are reported on a scale of 200 to 800 and an overall scaled score of 500 or greater is required to pass. The passing standard is determined by subject matter expert osteopathic physicians who practice in the field of the specialty. The passing standard is approved by the respective board.

Content area scores are provided as informative feedback when possible. No minimal requirement is set for performance outcomes for the content area scores. Content area scores are not used to compute your total test score or to determine your performance outcome.

Diplomates have a maximum of three attempts to pass the assessment. If unsuccessful after the third attempt, an exam consisting of 100-120 multiple-choice questions must be completed within a 2 hour and 45-minute time limit. This exam will be closed book and offered either at a Pearson VUE location throughout the U.S. or via paper-based testing at a location determined by the AOBA.

Pass and fail decisions are based solely on the content mastery displayed by the diplomate. Results will be reviewed by the AOBA Examination Committee and submitted for final approval. The AOA will notify candidates of exam results within 90 days of the exam.

OCC Subspecialty Assessment

OCC Exam Content Outline

The OCC written exam certification in the subspecialties of Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management, and Pediatric Anesthesiology is designed to test your knowledge and understanding of basic science and clinical knowledge, skills and principles. The examinations are 2-hours and 45 minutes consisting of 100-120 multiple-choice questions, each with a single best answer. The exam may be taken within three years of the expiration date on your subspecialty certificate. The exam is offered twice per year, once in March and once in August.

Categories and exam content can be found by clicking on your respective subspecialty below and scrolling down to the table under the heading Exam Content Outline.