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 osteopathic practice of their specialty.
- To become board certified in their specialty only, taking an exam that embraces osteopathic medicine’s unique holistic thinking but doesn’t require expert-level skills in the principles and practices of osteopathic medicine.
Adding a new certification option is an opportunity to reach a broader market of DOs and gives MDs a credible alternative to ABMS boards, says AOA President William S. Mayo, DO.
Read The DO article to learn more about these certification options.