AOBEM Launches New Annual Online OCC Exam

Friday, January 24, 2020

The American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM) is pleased to announce the launch of its new annual Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) examination. The Continuous Osteopathic Recertification Examination (CORE) will replace the high stakes, 10 year examination also known as the Cognitive Assessment Recertification Examination. Diplomates with AOBEM certifications expiring in 2020 or beyond are eligible to participate in the new exam.


CORE, the new annual OCC for AOBEM, is administered online 24/7 and can be taken at home or in the office. It is an open book examination where diplomates are encouraged to use the educational resources typically available in the Emergency Department. CORE has a total of 40 to 60 multiple-choice questions, based on two to three main content areas from the AOBEM Table of Specifications (TOS) and four current practice changing articles.


Registration: Registration is available on the AOBEM Exams page. Once you register for CORE, allow 5-7 business days to receive access. You will be notified by AOBEM staff via the email address provided during registration. The final deadline to apply for CORE is Dec. 1 of each calendar year.

Cost: The annual fee for CORE is $210.


Once registered for CORE, you have until the end of the CORE administration year to complete the necessary modules.

Want to learn more? Access a detailed phase-in planCORE eligibility requirements, FAQs and application instructions in our AOBEM OCC Component 3 section.

Questions? Please contact AOBEM at