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 June 18 will incur a $750 non-refundable late fee. No applications will be accepted after July 18. 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. Cancellation fees are as follows:

  • Before June 18: $250 cancellation fee
  • Between June 18 and July 18: $1,250 cancellation fee
  • After July 18: $2,500 cancellation fee

Exam Dates and Deadlines

The initial administration of the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Written Exam will be in August. The application period opens in mid-March.

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

Scoring Criteria

AOA reports candidates’ certification results using standardized scaled scores. Scaled scores are more valid and reliable compared to raw scores and make scores comparable across different forms of the exam. The AOA reports scores on a 200 to 800-point scale with a scaled score of 500 or higher required to pass.

  • A scaled score of 500 represents the minimum level of knowledge and skill necessary to pass the exam as established by AOA Certifying Boards.
  • The highest possible scaled score is 800.
  • The lowest possible scaled score is 200.
  • Overall scores are based on the total number of items answered correctly, regardless of content area.

Results by Content Area

  • When possible, a breakdown of exam scores by content area is provided to help you identify your areas of strength and areas that may need more development.
  • The number of items for each content area indicates the relative amount of test questions on the exam for that content area.
  • Content area scores are not weighted to calculate your overall score; each content area is scored separately after the overall analysis is complete.
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