OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

Written Exam

Eligibility

The following training requirements must be completed before a candidate may sit for the Written Exam for subspecialty certification in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology:

  • Applicants must be AOA board-certified intern medicine specialists in Cardiology. Eligible applicants must have completed three years of an ACGME- or AOA-recognized fellowship program in Cardiology, followed by a one year ACGME- or AOA-recognized fellowship program in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology.

Practice Experience and Training Requirements

For the first three Certification Examinations in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology (2019, 2020 and 2021), AOBIM will offer two pathways for admission – a practice pathway and a training pathway.

Practice Pathway

For the first three years of examinations (2019, 2020 and 2021), cardiologists certified by AOBIM who have not completed formal training in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology will be eligible to apply for the Certification Examination in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology if they can:

  • Demonstrate that for at least three out of the past five years, they spent either 40% of their post-training clinical practice time or 25% of their total post-training professional time in the discipline of advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology; and
  • Substantiate practice experience on a “Form Attesting Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Practice,” signed by the Program Director of an accredited training program in cardiology affiliated with the hospital where the candidate spends the majority of clinical time or by the Chief of Cardiology (or equivalent) in the hospital where the candidate spends the majority of clinical time.

Requirements

Once training requirements for eligibility are met, candidates must submit the following:

  • A completed application.
  • Required fees.
  • Proof of an active medical license.
  • Initial applicants and applicants who have not completed their training must submit a Program Director report verifying clinical competence and the completion date of an AOA-recognized fellowship training program.
  • If you completed your training in an ACGME fellowship program, submit a letter from the AOA stating that the ACGME residency training has been AOA-recognized.
  • Candidates in ACGME programs must go through AOA Recognition of their training prior to applying for the exam.

Exam Fees

An exam fee of $2,500 must be submitted with your completed application. No application will be considered complete until all fees have been paid. Exam applications submitted after Sept. 29 will incur a $750 non-refundable late fee. No applications will be accepted after Oct. 29. All cancellations must be made in writing. No exam fees are refunded unless the candidate withdraws from the examination process, which will result in a loss of board eligibility. Otherwise, candidates’ fees are credited toward the next year’s examination, less the applicable cancellation fee, and will remain board eligible until June 1 of the following year. Cancellation fees are as follows:

  • Before Sept. 13: $250 cancellation fee
  • Between Sept. 13 and Oct. 13: $1,250 cancellation fee
  • After Oct. 13: $2,500 cancellation fee

Exam Dates and Deadlines

The initial administration of the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Written Exam will be Nov. 13-15, 2019. The application period opened the week of June 17, 2019.

Exam Content Outline

The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Written Exam tests the knowledge and understanding of basic science and clinical knowledge, skills and principles critical to the practice of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology. The five-hour exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions in the following areas:

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
CONTENT PERCENTAGE
  1. 1. Heart failure
  2. 2. Mechanical circulatory support (MCS)
  3. 3. Heart transplantation
  4. 4. Pulmonary hypertension
  • 50%
  • 20%
  • 20%
  • 10%

Exam Scoring

The AOBIM sets passing standards for the Written Exam using a measurement model known as “criterion-referenced standard setting.” Using this model, the board specifies the particular content and level of content difficulty necessary to be considered a passing candidate. All examination results will be reviewed by the board. Results will be released electronically through the AOBIM’s application portal. Candidates must be program-complete and maintain AOA membership in order to access electronic results.

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