The American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine administers primary and subspecialty certification exams, as well as Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements. The following stages represent key milestones in the process to obtain primary board certification in Internal Medicine.
1. In order to take the Written Exam, applicants must have satisfactorily completed internal medicine residency training.
2. The Written Exam is offered in September. The application period for the Written Exam opens the previous December.
Become Board Certified
3. Upon successful completion of all exam components, the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine 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. Expect to receive your certificate in the mail within six weeks of notification of approval.
6. Your primary certification in Internal Medicine will remain active for 10 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 (required for physicians holding certificates that expire in 2019 or later).
11. Maintain membership in the American Osteopathic Association.