Through the following components, board-certified physicians maintain Osteopathic Continuous Certification in the primary specialty of Dermatology.

Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) is a process in which board-certified DOs can maintain currency and demonstrate competency in their specialty area. The goals for OCC are to provide certified physicians with a process to continually assess and improve their skills and to assure patients and the public that certified physicians are being assessed through reliable and valid measures.

Diplomates must register for OCC with the AOBD and pay a $300 fee every three years during each AOA CME cycle (i.e. 2016-2018, 2019-2021). Newly certified diplomates who register by Feb. 15 are exempt from the OCC registration fee (normally $300). To pay the AOBD fee, click here. If you have additional questions, please contact the AOBD office.

To check your progress with OCC, please visit the AOA Physician Portal.

Component 1 | Active Licensure

AOA board-certified physicians must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in one of the 50 states. Read more…

Component 2 | Lifelong Learning/Continuing Medical Education

Component 2 of the Osteopathic Continuous Certification process requires recertifying physicians to pursue lifelong learning through continuing medical education. Read more…

Component 3 | Cognitive Assessment

To complete Component 3 requirements for Osteopathic Continuous Certification in the primary specialty of Dermatology, a physician must pass a written examination once per 10-year OCC cycle. Read more…

Component 4 | Practice Performance Assessment & Improvement

Component 4 requires physicians to engage in continuous quality improvement through comparison of personal practice performance measured against national standards for their medical specialty. The AOBD requires completion of one module every five years. Read more…