Right to Appeal
If a candidate feels that actions of the AOBNMM with regard to any part of the certification process constitute unequal application of the Bylaws or Policies and Procedures, unwarranted discrimination, prejudice, unfairness or improper conduct of the examination, he or she has the right to appeal to the board.
Appeals to the board must be made in writing and should include any supporting documentation for proper review of the case. The appeal must be submitted within 24 hours of completion of the examination. Appeals can be sent to email@example.com or given to certification board staff at the exam administration site.
The board will not consider appeals based on examination content, sufficiency or accuracy of answers to exam questions, scoring of the exam, and/or determination of the minimum passing score. If an appeal is denied by the AOBNMM, the candidate retains the right to appeal to the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS).
If a candidate fails a portion of the Initial Certifying Exam in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, they will be required to retake that portion at the next available administration. Candidates will have three attempts to pass each step of the exam process. There is no charge for the second attempt, but if candidates do not pass the second attempt, a $250 rescheduling fee will be assessed for the third (final) attempt. Candidates who do not succeed in becoming certified by the end of the first re-entry into the certification process must petition the AOBNMM in order to enter the final certification pathway.
Rescoring of Examinations
Appeals to the board must be made in writing and should include any supporting documentation for proper review of the case. The appeal must be submitted within 24 hours of completion of the examination. Appeals can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org; or given to certification board staff at the exam administration site.
If a candidate feels that the actions of the Board with regard to any part of the examination constitute unequal application of the regulations and requirements or standards, unwarranted discrimination, prejudice, unfairness, or improper conduct of the examination, the applicant has the right to appeal to this Board.
An appeal to the Board must be in writing by the applicant stating the reasons for requesting an appeal. If the candidate is not satisfied with the results of an appeal before this Board, the candidate has the right to further appeal to the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists. If the candidate is not satisfied with the results of the appeal before the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists, the candidate has the right to further appeal to the AOA Board of Trustees. During any level of appeal the candidate or anyone representing the candidate will not be allowed to review any items on the examination.
Compliance With Federal Regulations
The AOBNMM complies with all applicable federal and state regulations, including:
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): The AOBNMM complies with requirements prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation, as well as regulations for Title II and Title III (and all subsequent regulations) as printed in the federal register.
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA): In compliance with the HIPAA Act of 1996 and any subsequent modifications, the AOBNMM ensures that individuals’ health information is properly protected, while allowing the flow of health information to provide and promote high quality health care. All medical records submitted for review by candidates for AOBNMM certification will be de-identified by the candidate prior to submission, such that the remaining information cannot be used to identify an individual patient.