Exam Policies

Right to Appeal

An appeal to the Board must be made in writing by the applicant to the AOBD Secretary-Treasurer at aobd@osteopathic.org stating the reasons for requesting an appeal.

If the candidate is not satisfied with the results of an appeal before this Board, he or she has the right to further appeal to the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists and the AOA Board of Trustees.

Compliance With Federal Regulations

The Board supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for candidates who meet ADA eligibility. The board will make a reasonable effort to provide qualified board candidates who have documented disabilities the necessary auxiliary aids and services that do not fundamentally alter the measurement of the skills or knowledge the board assessment process is intended to test or result in an undue burden.

The Board supports the intent of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for all patients or patient records that may be used as part of any part of the AOBD board certification process.

Exam Failure

A candidate who fails any part of the exam may apply to retake that part when the next exam is conducted. If any part of the exam is failed three times, the candidate will be required to complete additional training assigned by the Board prior to re-applying to take the exam.