OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

The AOBFP Early Entry Initial Certification (EEIC) program allows physicians to seek specialty board certification in Osteopathic Family Medicine or Osteopathic Family Medicine and OMT while still completing residency.

The early entry option offers the convenience of taking a shortened certification exam during residency, when skills and training are fresh, at a lower cost than the traditional exam. Program participants will be able to emerge from residency with their certification requirements completed, increasing marketability among employers and patients.

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Early Entry Initial Certification Written (Cognitive) Exam

1. Register for the Early Entry Initial Certification Written (Cognitive) Exam, offered during spring of PGY3, provided you meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • You are a DO Family Medicine resident.
  • You are an MD Family Medicine resident in an ACGME program with osteopathic recognition.
  • You are an MD Family Medicine resident who has completed 50 hours of OMT/OPP training during residency.

During your residency, you must also have completed two in-service exams (ISE or ISE+) produced and administered by ACOFP.

The next Early Entry Initial Certification Written Exam will be offered at PearsonVUE testing centers  between Feb. 29 and March 14, 2020. Learn more.

Early Entry Initial Certification OMT Performance Exam

2. If you wish to become board-certified in Osteopathic Family Medicine and OMT, you must complete the Early Entry Initial Certification OMT Performance Exam. The exam is held at least twice per year, in spring during the ACOFP conference and in conjunction with OMED in the fall.

The Spring 2020 Early Entry Initial Certification OMT Performance Exam will be offered March 18-19, 2020 in New Orleans, LA. Learn more.

NOTE: Residents completing programs on or after June 30, 2020 may opt out of the OMT Performance Exam and become board-certified in Osteopathic Family Medicine only. If you select this option, you may complete the OMT Performance Exam at any point in your career to become certified in Osteopathic Family Medicine and OMT.

Become Board Certified

3. Upon successful completion of all exam components, the AOBFP 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 certificate in the mail within 10-12 weeks upon notification of approval, as well as a certified electronic certificate.

6. Your primary certification in Osteopathic Family Medicine or Osteopathic Family Medicine and OMT will remain active for eight years following date of issue provided you successfully complete Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements.

Osteopathic Continuous Certification

7. Maintain active licensure.

8. Participate in lifelong learning and continuing medical education.

9. Complete the cognitive assessment.

10. Complete the practice performance assessment.

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