Right to Appeal
If a candidate feels that the actions of the Board with regard to any part of the examination constitute unequal application of the regulations and requirements or standards, unwarranted discrimination, prejudice, unfairness, or improper conduct of the examination, the applicant has the right to appeal to the AOBEM. You must submit the completed appeal request form to the AOBEM within 24 hours of completing the exam.
An appeal to the Board must be in writing by the applicant stating the reasons for requesting an appeal. If the candidate is not satisfied with the results of an appeal before this Board, the candidate has the right to further appeal to the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists. If the candidate is not satisfied with the results of the appeal before the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists, the candidate has the right to further appeal to the AOA Board of Trustees. During any level of appeal the candidate or anyone representing the candidate will not be allowed to review any items on the examination.
Compliance With Federal Regulations
The AOBEM complies with all applicable federal and state regulations, including:
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): The AOBEM complies with requirements prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation, as well as regulations for Title II and Title III (and all subsequent regulations) as printed in the federal register.
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA): In compliance with the HIPAA Act of 1996 and any subsequent modifications, the AOBEM ensures that individuals’ health information is properly protected, while allowing the flow of health information to provide and promote high quality health care. All medical records submitted for review by candidates for AOBEM certification will be de-identified by the candidate prior to submission, such that the remaining information cannot be used to identify an individual patient.