OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

Timeline

The American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology administers primary certification exams, subspecialty certification exams, and Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements. The following stages represent key milestones in the process to obtain subspecialty board certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

Oral Exam

1. In order to take the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Subspecialty Oral Exam, applicants must have attained primary certification from the AOBOG in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

2. The Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Subspecialty Oral Exam is offered twice per year in Rosemont, Illinois, generally every April and September/October. The application period opens in September for the spring exam and March for the fall exams. Applications are due in December for the spring exam and June for the fall exam.

 

Become Board Certified

3. Upon successful completion of all exam components, the AOBOG will recommend osteopathic board certification to the AOA.

4. You will receive a letter from the AOA via email once certification has been approved.

5. Congratulations! You are now board certified. You will receive your certificate in the mail within 90 days.

6. Your subspecialty certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery will remain active for 6 years following date of issue provided you successfully complete Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements. **Please note that once you become subspecialty certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, the AOA and AOBOG do not require you to maintain primary certification in Obstetrics & Gynecology.  We highly recommend that you confer with all employers, hospitals where you hold privileges, insurance companies, payors, and any other interested third parties before voluntarily dropping your primary Obstetrics & Gynecology certification to ensure that there will be no adverse effects if you choose do to so.

Osteopathic Continuous Certification

7. Maintain active licensure.

8. Participate in lifelong learning and continuing medical education.

9. Complete the cognitive assessment.

10. Complete the practice performance assessment.

11. Maintain membership in the American Osteopathic Association.

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