OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

Component 3: Cognitive Assessment

Overview

To complete Component 3 requirements for Osteopathic Continuous Certification in the primary specialties of Neurology and Psychiatry, a physician must pass a written examination once per 10-year OCC cycle.

Exam Process

The AOBNP offers OCC Written Exams in the primary specialties of Neurology and Psychiatry and the subspecialties of Child/Adolescent Neurology, Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurophysiology. The OCC Written Exams are offered twice every year, generally in the spring and fall.

For physicians holding time-dated certification, failure to successfully complete the OCC process will result in the loss of certification when their current certification expires.

For physicians with non-time-limited (non-dated, non-expiring) certifications, OCC participation is not required, although they may elect to do so voluntarily.

Neurology and Psychiatry OCC Exam

These are 2 hour and 45 minute written exams consisting of 100 multiple-choice, single answer questions taken from current literature, including journals, monographs, recent publications, and recognized texts. In addition, questions will be obtained from recent ACONP educational meetings where didactic lectures have been given pertaining to neurology and psychiatry topics.

Child/Adolescent Neurology OCC Exam

The examination will consist of questions on clinical diagnosis and treatment, current knowledge, and clinical problems commonly encountered. The questions are designed to ensure appropriate evaluation of a candidate’s knowledge, intellectual abilities, judgment, and skills in the discipline of child neurology. Candidates are expected to be current in neurologic advances especially the past three years.

The exam will include content questions in the following areas:

  • Assessment
  • Child Neurology
  • Diagnoses
  • Congenital/Hereditary
  • Movement Disorders
  • Headache
  • Epilepsy
  • Tumor
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology – Agents and Therapies
  • Case Presentations
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neurophysiology
  • Mental Retardation

Child/Adolescent Psychiatry OCC Exam

The exam consists of questions on clinical diagnosis and treatment, current knowledge, and clinical problems commonly encountered. The questions are designed to ensure appropriate evaluation of a candidate’s knowledge, intellectual abilities, judgment, and skills in the discipline of child psychiatry. Candidates are expected to be current in psychiatric advances, especially the past three years.

The examination will include content questions in the following areas:

  • Assessment
  • Child Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Diagnoses
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Case Presentations
  • Pharmacology – Agents and Therapies
  • Neurology
  • Manual Medicine
  • Psychoactive Substance Use/Abuse

Geriatric Psychiatry OCC Exam

The exam is designed to evaluate the knowledge, skill, and judgment of osteopathic psychiatrists in the specialized area of geriatric psychiatry.  It includes content questions in the following areas:

  • Epidemiology of Psychiatric Disorders
  • Genetics of Geriatric Psychopathology
  • Biology of Aging
  • Medical Comorbidities
  • Sociodemographics
  • Adult Development
  • Evaluation – Psychiatric/Medical/Neurological
  • Neurology
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Substance Abuse
  • Aging and Sexuality
  • Therapy/Treatment
  • Legal/Ethical Issues
  • Cultural Factors
  • Disorders – Medical/Psychological

Neurophysiology OCC Exam

The exam evaluates the neuroscientific basis, terminology, and interpretation of electroencephalo-graphy, evoked potentials, electromyography, and polysomnography as applied to clinical judgment in the diagnosis and treatment in the practice of osteopathic neurology. It covers the following subjects:

  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Epilepsy
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurophysiology
  • EEG
  • Conventional EEG
  • Video EEG Monitoring
  • Ambulatory EEG
  • Interventional Application of EEG
  • MEG
  • Digital Spectral EEG
  • Evoked Potentials
  • VER
  • BAER
  • SER – upper limbs
  • SER – lower limbs
  • Clinical Application to Central and Peripheral Neurological Disorders
  • Electrophysiology – EMG
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Needle Examination
  • Long Latency Waveforms – H reflex and F waves
  • Single Fiber EMG
  • Clinical Application in Neuromuscular Disease
  • Sleep
  • Polysomnography Testing
  • Multiple Sleep Latency Test
  • Clinical Application in Sleep Disorders

Conjoint Committee OCC Exams

If you hold subspecialty board certification through one of the conjoint committees the AOBNP participates in, please visit the conjoint website for info on OCC Component 3 requirements.

Addiction Medicine

Hospice/Palliative Medicine

Sleep Medicine

Applications & Payment

The OCC cognitive assessment exam can be taken within two years of your certification’s expiration date.

OCC Cognitive Assessment
EXAM Type Fee
OCC Application $300
OCC Cognitive Assessment Exam Fee $1,500
OCC Cognitive Assessment Re-examination Fee $1,200
OCC Late Application Fee $350

Exam Policies

Exam Failure

For physicians holding time-dated certification, failure to successfully complete the OCC process will result in the loss of certification when their current certification expires.

Compliance With Federal Regulations

The Board supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for candidates who meet ADA eligibility. The board will make a reasonable effort to provide qualified board candidates who have documented disabilities the necessary auxiliary aids and services that do not fundamentally alter the measurement of the skills or knowledge the board assessment process is intended to test or result in an undue burden.

The Board supports the intent of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for all patients or patient records that may be used as part of any part of the AOBNP board certification process.