Read the latest on the launch of AOBEM's new Continuous Osteopathic Recertification Exam


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

Written Exam

1. In order to take the Emergency Medicine Written Exam, applicants must have satisfactorily completed at least 80% of an AOA-accredited/ACGME emergency medicine residency program.

2. The Written Exam is offered in the fall. Please check Important Dates for upcoming exam administrations.

Oral Exam

3. Applicants for the Oral Exam must have successfully completed the Written Exam.

4. The Oral Exam is held once a year in the late fall. In 2020, exams will be held in November.

Become Board Certified

5. Upon successful completion of all exam components, the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine will recommend osteopathic board certification to the AOA.

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

7. You are now board certified. You will receive your certification in the mail within 10-12 weeks upon notification of approval, as well as a Certified Electronic Certificate.

8. Your primary certification in Emergency Medicine will remain active for 10 years following date of issue provided you successfully complete Osteopathic Continuous Certification Requirements.

Osteopathic Continuous Certification

9. Maintain active licensure.

10. Participate in lifelong learning and continuing medical education.

11. Complete the cognitive assessment.

12. Complete the practice performance assessment.