Written Exam


To be eligible for certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology, candidates must meet the criteria below:

  • Be a graduate of a COCA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine
  • Have graduated from, or be in the third or fourth year of, an AOA-approved or ACGME accredited residency in obstetrics and gynecology.
  • Adhere to the AOA Code of Ethics.

Note: Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) is not a prerequisite for certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology.


At the time of application, you must submit the following to the AOBOG:

  • Completed application and fees.
  • Copy of your certificate of residency completion or, if applying during residency, a letter of verification of residency status from your program director.

Exam Fees

An exam fee of $1,175 must accompany your completed application. No application will be considered complete until all fees have been paid. For the October 2019 administration, applications submitted after the first deadline must include an additional $250 late fee, or $1,425 total. Beginning with the Spring 2020 administration, applications submitted after the first deadline must include an additional 30% late fee ($352.50), or $1,527.50 total. Examination fees must be made by credit card within the application portal. No other forms of payment may be accepted.

Exam Dates and Deadlines

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Written Exam is offered twice each year at regional Pearson VUE testing centers, generally every April/May and October. The application period opens five months prior to the exam.

The first application deadline will be 45 days prior to the first date of the exam administration window. The final deadline will be 15 days prior to the exam administration window.

All candidates requesting exam accommodations must submit their requests at the time of application and by the first application deadline (45 days prior to the exam).

Exam Content Outline

The written exam is a four-hour exam consisting of 225 multiple-choice questions which may include the following topics:

Primary Certification

  1. Abnormal uterine bleeding
  2. Abortion
  3. Anatomy
  4. Breast disorders
  5. Cervical cytology screening and management/cervical neoplasia
  6. Contraception
  7. Domestic violence/sexual abuse
  8. Ectopic pregnancy
  9. Health screening guidelines
  10. Menopause management
  11. Non-Contraceptive use of contraceptives
  12. OMM/OPP
  13. Operative complications
  14. Osteoporosis
  15. Pelvic pain
  16. Perioperative care
  17. PMS/PMDD
  18. Sexual dysfunction
  19. Sexually transmitted infections
  20. Urinary tract infection
  21. Uterus and adnexal disorders
  22. Vaginal disorders
  23. Vulvar disorders
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

  1. Breast disorders
  2. Ectopic pregnancy
  3. Endocrine disorders
  4. Hormone production
  5. Infertility
  6. OMM/OPP
  7. Osteoporosis
  8. Puberty
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

  1. OMM/OPP
  2. Urogynecology
Gynecologic Oncology

  1. Anticancer drugs, chemotherapy and radiation
  2. Disease process
  3. Genomics
  4. OMM/OPP
  5. Operative complications
  6. Staging
  7. Uterus and adnexal disorders
Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine

  1. Antepartum care
  2. Antenatal fetal assessment
  3. Intrapartum care and puerperium
  4. Medical complications in pregnancy
  5. Obstetrical complications
  6. Obstetrical ultrasound
  7. OMM/OPP
  8. Preconceptual counseling
  9. Psychiatric disorders

The AOBOG does not endorse, recommend, or provide any information about review or preparation courses for this examination. However, the AOBOG has prepared a list of major references for the Written Exam.

Exam Scoring

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.