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 subspecialty board certification in Rheumatology.
1. In order to take the Rheumatology Written Exam, applicants must be AOA board-certified internal medicine specialists who have completed two years of an ACGME Accredited or AOA-recognized fellowship program in Rheumatology.
2. The Rheumatology Written Exam is offered in August. The application period for the Written Exam opens in mid-March.
Become Board Certified
3. Upon successful completion of all exam components, the AOBIM will recommend osteopathic subspecialty board certification to the AOA.
4. You will receive notification from the AOA via email once certification has been approved. Expect to receive your certificate in the mail within six weeks of notification of approval.
5. Your subspecialty certification in Rheumatology will remain active for 10 years following date of issue provided you successfully complete Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements.
Osteopathic Continuous Certification
6. Maintain active licensure.
7. Participate in lifelong learning and continuing medical education.
8. Complete the cognitive assessment.
9. Complete the practice performance assessment (required for physicians holding certificates that expire in 2019 or later).