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 Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology:

  • Have completed three years of AOA-recognized subspecialty training in Cardiology, followed by one year of training in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. You must have completed the training by Aug. 15 of the year you intend to sit for the Written Exam. If the training occurred prior to Sept. 1, 1993, the requirement is two years of subspecialty training in Cardiology followed by one year of subspecialty training in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology.
  • Adhere to the AOA Code of Ethics.

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.

Exam Fees

An exam fee of $800 must be submitted with your completed application. No application will be considered complete until all fees have been paid. Exam applications submitted after July 4 will incur a $240 non-refundable late fee. No applications will be accepted after Aug. 3. 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 July 4: $100 cancellation fee
  • Between July 4 and Aug. 3: $400 cancellation fee
  • After Aug. 3: $800 cancellation fee

Exam Dates and Deadlines

The Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Written Exam is offered in August. The application period opens in mid-March.

Exam Content Outline

The Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Written Exam tests the knowledge and understanding of basic science and clinical knowledge, skills and principles critical to the practice of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. The five-and-a-half-hour exam consists of 225 multiple choice questions in the following areas:

Subspecialty Certification
CONTENT PERCENT RANGE ON EXAM
  1. 1. Basic Concepts of Electrophysiology/ Cellular Electrophysiology
  2. 2. Pharmacology/ Pharmacodynamics of Antiarrhythmic drugs
  3. 3. Bradyarrhythmias (Diagnosis/ Management) Crisis
  4. 4. Tachyarrhythmias
  5. 5. ECG Interpretation (Arrhythmias)
  6. 6. EP Studies (Indications/Complications)
  7. 7. EP Studies (Interpretations)
  8. 8. EP Therapeutics (Ablation)
  9. 9. Pacemaker Therapy and Follow-up
  10. 10. Implantable Cardioverter-defibrillator therapy and follow-up
  11. 11. EP non-invasive diagnostic studies
  12. 12. Clinical Evaluation and Management of the EP patient
  13. 13. Clinical Trials
  • 5-9%
  • 3-7%
  • 8-12%
  • 8-12%
  • 3-7%
  • 3-7%
  • 18-22%
  • 2-6%
  • 6-10%
  • 3-7%
  • 5-9%
  • 8-12%
  • 3-7%

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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