Update on pathway to Family Physicians certification

The American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP) is opening up new pathways and options for certification with several important changes. Start the board certification process during residency The AOBFP announced an Early Entry Certification (EEC) program that will allow qualified candidates to seek board certification while still completing their family medicine residency. DOs in … Continued

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Certification Now Available

The American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine is pleased to announce a new certificate in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, recognizing  the distinct and critical knowledge, skills, abilities and judgments that practicing physicians require in this specialty. Applicants must be AOBIM board-certified specialists in cardiology. Eligible applicants must have completed three years of an ACGME- … Continued

Tell us how you use osteopathic techniques in practice

A large-scale national survey is now underway to gather data on how DOs currently employ osteopathic medicine and its principles in clinical practice. Certifying Board Services encourages all board members and diplomates to participate. The online survey is designed to collect information about the specific techniques and philosophies DOs commonly use in patient care. This … Continued

New CME guidelines for AOA board-certified docs are now available online

The 2019–2021 Continuing Medical Education Guide outlining CME requirements for AOA board-certified physicians is now available online. The revised requirements emphasize flexibility and give physicians latitude to choose CME that works best for their individual needs. Notable changes include: Elimination of the requirement for specialty-specific CME Allowing credit for precepting medical students, up to 20% … Continued

AOBOG tests potential online replacement for recertification exam

The American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology is currently piloting short web-based exams meant to replace its written six-year recertification exam to a group of 140 physicians. Under the pilot program, diplomates will answer eight questions each week via a website, known as Advanced Real-Time Certification or ARC, which they can access anywhere they … Continued

Anesthesiology board replaces 10-year recertification exam

American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiology (AOBA) diplomates whose certification expires between 2019-2021 will be the first to take an online, open-book assessment instead of the 10-year Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) exam. AOBA’s new requirements for OCC go into effect on June 1, 2019. Under the new format for cognitive assessment, diplomates will take online exams … Continued

AOA board certification will soon include two pathways

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

BOS approves grace period for 2016-18 CME requirements

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

Proposed CME Guide updates posted for public comment

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