To be eligible for the Obstetrics and Gynecology oral exam, candidates must meet the criteria below:
- Be a graduate of a COCA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine
- Must have written confirmation of residency training approved as complete.
- Have passed the Obstetrics and Gynecology Primary Written Exam. (This is not required of ABMS-certified DOs who have been approved through Resolution 56.)
- Hold an active license to practice in one of the 50 states or Canada.
- Adhere to the AOA Code of Ethics.
At the time of application, you must submit the following to the AOBOG:
- Completed application and fees.
- Letter or certificate confirming that your AOA, ACGME or Military residency training has been recognized as complete.
An exam fee of $3,275 must accompany your completed application. No application will be considered complete until all fees have been paid. Late applications must include an additional $250 late fee, or $3,525 total.
Exam Dates and Deadlines
The Obstetrics and Gynecology Oral Exam is offered twice each year in Rosemont, Illinois, generally every April and September/October. The application period opens March 1 for the fall exam and September 1 for the spring exam. Applications are usually due in January for the spring exam and June/July for the fall exam.
Exams are typically given on Friday and Saturday. Candidates will be assigned one exam session, either Friday morning, Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, or Saturday afternoon.
There is a cap on the number of candidates that can be accepted for each administration of the Primary Oral Exam. The application period will close when the cap is reached or on the published deadlines, whichever comes first.
The Primary Obstetrics and Gynecology Oral Exam is a four-hour objective exam and consists of presentations of case scenarios based on the care of the female patient. The candidate will be expected to explain the role of the history and physical (including osteopathic diagnosis), workup and evaluation, outcome expectations, and benefit vs. risks of treatment options.
The candidate will be examined by AOBOG-board certified examiners that have been selected from the AOBOG Board of Examiners. The candidate will rotate hourly through four stations with a break between stations. Monitors, who are examiners for the Board, may be discreetly present during the examination and breaks. Their role is to observe the conduct of the examination in order to assure that it is administered according to AOBOG standards; they are not involved in the grading of the candidates. Beginning with the Spring 2020 exam, the candidate will rotate through three stations instead of four.
Three exam stations will use three scenarios each developed from the below topic list. A fourth exam station will include visual slides, ultrasounds, video clips or monitor strips delivered in a group setting with short answer questions. Beginning with the Spring 2020 exam, the exam stations will use a minimum of three scenarios, each developed from the topic list below. Included with each scenario may be visual slides, ultrasound images, video clips or fetal heart rate tracings to aid in establishing scenario content.
- General Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Office Based
- Hospital Based
- Maternity Based
- Outpatient Based (beginning in Spring 2020)
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Neoplasms of the vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and those associated with pregnancy
- Questions regarding workup and diagnosis of other common neoplasms of the female (breast, colon or other) (beginning in Spring 2020)
- Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
- Urinary stress incontinence/ genital prolapse
- Sexual dysfunction/ pain syndromes
- Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility:
- Contraception management
- Ultrasonography of the female pelvis
- Workup and treatment of the infertile couple
- Maternal Fetal Medicine:
- Evaluation of the high-risk pregnancy
- Early screening tests and diagnostic workup
- Interventions available during pregnancy
- Questions Relevant to Professionalism, Communication Skills and Life Long Learning (beginning in Spring 2020):
- Electronic Health Records
- Patient Safety
Exam Day Process
- Candidates are required to attend the registration/orientation session, which begins 30 minutes prior to the scheduled examination time and ends 10 minutes prior to the start of the exam.
- Candidates must present a current, valid government-issued photo identification during registration (e.g. driver’s license or passport).
- Failure to arrive in time for registration/orientation will results in automatic cancellation of the exam.
- During registration/orientation, candidates will receive a schedule of their assigned station order and location. Monitors and/or staff will be present in the hallways to help direct candidates to their next station.
- Electronic devices and other personal belongings are not allowed in the exam rooms, and should be left in your hotel room.
- The AOBOG is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
The oral examination results are individually reviewed and approved by the full Board. The exam may include assessment of osteopathic philosophy/OMM in treatment modalities; interpersonal and communication skills; and professionalism.
Every effort will be made to release results within 45 days of the examination date. Exam results will be posted in the physician’s online profile. Candidates will be notified by email of the results posting.