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AOA board certification will soon include two pathways

Friday, March 15, 2019

The AOA Board of Trustees endorsed the creation of two pathways to board certification at its midyear meeting in February, paving the way for physicians who completed ACGME-accredited residencies to become AOA board certified. In the near future, candidates will be given the choice of two initial certification options: To become board certified in the … Continued

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BOS approves grace period for 2016-18 CME requirements

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Executive Committee of the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS) approved a proposal allowing a grace period through May 31, 2019, for the 2016-18 CME cycle. AOA board-certified diplomates will have the option to fulfill 2016-18 CME requirements by either: Submitting CME credits earned between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec, 31, 2018 that have not … Continued

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AOA addresses questions about board certification enhancements

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The AOA is committed to enhancing osteopathic board certification so that our offerings are more convenient, physician-friendly and relevant to physicians. We are working together with our boards and key partners to develop certification options that are relevant to all practicing physicians while maintaining our high standards. The proposed changes have raised questions through the … Continued

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Proposed CME Guide updates posted for public comment

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists has posted proposed policy calling for approval of the 2019-2021 Continuous Medical Education Guide, including new requirements for diplomates fulfilling OCC Component 2. Members of the public are invited to review all proposed policy changes and submit comments by Dec. 19, 2018. Read The DO article to learn more about … Continued

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AOBR pilots new OCC examination format

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The American Osteopathic Board of Radiology (AOBR) is the first DO certifying board to cut the high-stakes test and revise CME requirements. These features are part of the board’s initiative to pilot a new format for cognitive assessment. Highlights of the pilot program include: Diplomates whose certificate expires in 2019 will not need to take … Continued

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Updates to AOA Board Certification help create a seamless process for DOs

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Progress continues with the realignment of AOA Board Certification to improve the user experience for applicants and diplomates. This complex process requires multiple infrastructure changes that will adapt board certification to meet members’ expanding technology expectations. With the transition to a single GME accreditation system more than halfway completed, AOA Board Certification is improving and … Continued

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Osteopathic medical profession adds 6,000 new DOs in 2017

Friday, January 12, 2018

The osteopathic profession continues more than a decade of exponential growth. The American Osteopathic Association reports an 85 percent increase in osteopathic medical students since 2007, bringing the total number of DOs and students to 137,099 in 2017. The exponential growth in the profession aligns with the development of new osteopathic medical schools, which now … Continued

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AOA names Daniel Williams, DO, vice president of certifying board services

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Daniel G. Williams, DO, has been named the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) new vice president of certifying board services. In his new role, Dr. Williams will lead the association’s 18 osteopathic certifying boards. He also will oversee the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists and the AOA certification staff team. A former vice chair of the Bureau … Continued

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Number of DOs increased by nearly 40% over 6 years, physician census reports

Thursday, August 3, 2017

From 2010 to 2016, the number of actively licensed DOs in the U.S. increased by nearly 40%, from over 58,000 to over 81,000, reports the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) in its most recent physician census, released last week and published in the Journal of Medical Regulation. Over the same time period, the number … Continued

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Expert leader and longtime teacher from Texas becomes AOA President

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

When he speaks to osteopathic medical students, Mark A. Baker, DO, likes to quote Timbuk3, the ’80s one-hit wonder who penned “The Future’s So Bright.” “I tell our students that the future of osteopathic medicine is so bright, they need to wear shades,” he says, often playing the song and swapping his horn-rimmed spectacles for … Continued

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