ABMS-certified DOs now offered exam-free pathway to AOA board certification

Osteopathic physicians (DOs) certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) can now receive reciprocal certification from the AOA’s Certifying Board Services. This opportunity is available to all DOs certified by an ABMS member board prior to Nov. 21, 2020, and will not require physicians to take their corresponding AOA specialty or subspecialty board’s … Continued

AOA teams with Doximity to increase visibility for AOA board-certified physicians

The American Osteopathic Association is pleased to announce an exciting collaboration with Doximity, the largest online professional medical network that includes more than 70% of all U.S. physicians. Through our work together, more than 125,000 osteopathic physicians who treat millions of patients each year in hospitals and health systems across the nation will be highlighted … Continued

AOBFP Early Entry Initial Certification (EEIC) exam application now available for residents

The American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice (AOBFP) is pleased to announce that the Early Entry Initial Certification (EEIC) exam application is now available for residents. This exam, which will be administered Jan. 16 – 30, 2021, allows eligible residents the opportunity to seek specialty board certification in Family Medicine while still in residency. Osteopathic Family Medicine residents in … Continued

AOA responds to opioid crisis by offering clinical practice pathway for AOA Addiction Medicine certification

To help increase the number of physicians who are certified addiction specialists—which the nation needs more of as it battles an opioid epidemic—AOA Certifying Board Services recently began offering a clinical pathway to AOA board certification in Addiction Medicine. This certification is available to DOs who are AOA or ABMS board-certified in a primary specialty. … Continued

Additional AOBIM exam administration options, revised test schedule and postponed recertification exams announced

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, today the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine (AOBIM) announced new testing options related to the upcoming certification and recertification exams scheduled to take place Aug. 18-20, 2020 and Sept. 1-3, 2020. Candidates now have the option to: a.) Take the exam remotely in the comfort of your … Continued

AOA announces CME policy changes due to COVID-19

Recognizing the significant burden placed on physician practices by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Committee of the AOA Board of Trustees has approved the following policy changes for the 2019-2021 CME cycle. At the end of the 2019-21 CME cycle, up to 15 AOA category 1-B credits will be converted to AOA category 1-A credits on … Continued

AOA Announces One-Year Extension of Board Eligibility

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS) and division of Certifying Board Services (CBS) has announced a one-year extension of board eligibility status will be granted to graduating residents and other physicians seeking initial certification or recertification in 2020, among other policy changes, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We understand that … Continued

Comment period now open for proposed changes to Handbook of the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists

The Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS) has submitted proposed changes to the Handbook of the BOS relating to Pathways for Initial Certification (not previously certified by AOA or ABMS) and Entry into Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) by Physicians with Certification from an ABMS Board. The proposed changes will remain posted for review and open comment … Continued

CBS will provide assistance for resident physicians impacted by exam postponements

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AOA Department of Certifying Board Services (CBS) is committed to protecting the well-being of AOA candidates, diplomates, examiners and staff. Throughout this crisis, we will continue to communicate with specialty board members and physicians regarding the status of scheduled certification examinations and specialty board meetings. During the last … Continued

Testing centers announce temporary closures

The AOA Division of Certifying Board Services (CBS) continues to monitor the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) with the goal of protecting the health and safety of board certification candidates, examiners and the public. As a preventive measure, the two national testing providers that administer AOA computer-based board examinations, Pearson VUE and Prometric, are … Continued