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AOBOG tests potential online replacement for recertification exam

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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 have internet access. The diplomates may consult primary reference materials to answer the questions. The AOBOG exam format will allow physicians to select an exam that reflects their clinical practice: obstetrics-only, gynecology-only or a blended exam.

“Board certification has to be meaningful and relevant to each physician’s clinical practice, and the technology needs to meet diplomates where they are. We believe the new exam formats address these priorities, especially because they can be customized for each physician,” said Daniel G. Williams, DO, vice president of certifying board services.

The American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine is planning a similar pilot.

Read The DO article to learn more.