The American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology administers primary certification exams, subspecialty certification exams, and Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements. The following stages represent key milestones in the process to obtain primary board certification in Dermatology.

Primary Certification Exam

1. In order to take the Dermatology Primary Certification Exam, applicants must have satisfactorily completed a one-year internship training program and a three-year dermatology AOA or ACGME-accredited residency training program.

2. The Dermatology Primary Certification Exam is offered once every fall. The application period opens in February. Applications are due August 1.

Become Board Certified

3. Upon successful completion of all exam components, the AOBD will recommend osteopathic board certification to the AOA.

4. You will receive a letter from the AOA via email once certification has been approved.

5. You are now board certified. You will receive your certification in the mail within 90 days upon notification of approval. You’ll also receive an email explaining how to access your Certified Electronic Certificate.

6. Your primary certification in Dermatology will remain active for 10 years following date of issue provided you successfully complete Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements.

Osteopathic Continuous Certification

7. Register for Osteopathic Continuous Certification through the Board every three years in conjunction with the CME cycle.

8. Maintain active licensure.

9. Participate in lifelong learning and continuing medical education.

10. Complete the cognitive assessment.

11. Complete the practice performance assessment.