OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

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Who can participate in the Early Entry Initial Certification program?

Residents who meet the following criteria are eligible for the cognitive (written) examination:

  • You are a DO/MD in a Family Medicine residency.
  • You must be in your final year of residency at the time of the examination.

Residents who meet the following criteria are eligible for the OMT examination:

  • You are a DO in a Family Medicine residency.
  • You are an MD in an osteopathically recognized Family Medicine residency.
  • You are an MD a non-osteopathically recognized Family Medicine residency with 50 hours of approved OMT training.
  • You must be in your final year of residency at the time of the examination.

The following criteria must also be met:

  • You have completed two osteopathic in-service exams (ISE or ISE+) produced and administered by ACOFP.
What is the process for completing the EEIC program?
  1.  Complete two osteopathic in-service exams (ISE or ISE+) produced and administered by ACOFP, during residency,
  2. Register for the EEIC program.
  3. Take and pass the AOBFP Early Entry Initial Certification exam during your last year of residency.
  4. Successfully complete a three-year AOA/ACGME approved residency in Family Medicine.
Do ABFM ITE and CORTEx qualify for the EEIC?

No, you must complete two osteopathic in-service exams (ISE or ISE+) produced and administered by ACOFP, during residency. If a residency does not support the ISE or ISE+, you may register for the exams through the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

When do residents take the EEIC exam?

The exam is offered during spring of the final year of residency. For 2021, the testing window is Jan. 16 through Jan. 30, 2021.

Although certification will not be officially conferred until successful completion of the final year of residency, you will be able to tell prospective employers you have passed the AOBFP certification exam.

Does taking the ISE or ISE+ exam during the final year of residency count as the EEIC exam?

No. The ISE and ISE+, produced and administered by ACOFP, are formative assessments and do not have pass-fail scoring systems. The EEIC exam is designed to measure the competency and knowledge, skills abilities and judgments of a qualified osteopathically-certified family practice physician.

Why do residency programs require a formative assessment during PGY3 if only two ISEs are required for EEIC?

To maintain ACGME accreditation, residents across all programs must take a formative assessment (in-service exam) all three years of residency. To qualify and participate in EEIC, only two attempts at the ISE or ISE+ (produced and administered by ACOFP) need to be completed.

Is a minimum score required on the AOBFP In-Service Exam to be eligible for EEIC?

No. The only requirement is to have two independent scores attained during different years of your residency.

How does the EEIC exam differ from the standard certification exam?

The EEIC exam will cover the same content domains as the standard initial certification exam. The content domains are determined by an analysis of practice conducted regularly by surveying osteopathic family physicians about their practice.

Both exams are designed to measure the competency and knowledge, skills, abilities and judgments of qualified osteopathic family physicians.

The EEIC exam will be shorter in length than the standard initial certification exam.

All AOA certification examinations are psychometrically validated and developed by best practice models.

When will the first class of residents take the EEIC exam?

The chart below indicates timing for the first class of residents to be eligible for Early Entry Initial Certification.

Eligibility Timeline
Class PGY 1 PGY 2 PGY 3 (OR FINAL YEAR OF RESIDENCY) Early Entry
2020/21 In-service exams:
October 2018
In-service exams:
October 2019
In-service exams:
October 2020
Eligible for early entry: Q1 2021
2021/22  In-service exams:
October 2019
 In-service exams:
October 2020
 In-service exams:
October 2021
Eligible for early entry:
Q1 2022
2022/23  In-service exams:
October 2020
 In-service exams:
October 2021
 In-service exams:
October 2022
Eligible for early entry:
Q1 2023
Do I have to take the OMT Performance Exam to become osteopathically certified in family practice?

Residents have the following options for certification:

  • Family Medicine; or
  • Family Medicine & Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)

If a resident chooses the OMT option, the OMT Performance Exam would only be required at initial certification.

Once certified, diplomates may choose to take the OMT Performance exam at any time to add the designation to their certification

Why take the OMT Performance Exam?

The OMT designation reflects your proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and your commitment to maintaining the distinctiveness of osteopathic medicine.

It allows you to distinguish yourself as a skilled practitioner by achieving a level of mastery in OMT as evaluated by experts in the field.

Opportunities for ongoing skill development in and applications of OMT are offered and available throughout Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC).

Is it possible to add OMT certification after initial certification is conferred?

Yes, an AOA-certified family medicine diplomate in good standing who meets all the requirements for OCC may apply to take the OMT Performance Exam at any point throughout their professional career.

How much does EEIC cost?

The EEIC written examination costs $400 (the standard initial certification exam costs $500).

The OMT Performance Exam costs $500.

How is the EEIC Cognitive exam scored?

The EEIC Cognitive exam is scored using the Rasch model (an Item Response Theory model).