To be eligible for subspecialty certification in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, candidates must meet the criteria below:
- Be a graduate of a COCA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine
- Satisfactorily complete an AOA-approved or an ACGME-accredited fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
- Hold primary certification from the AOBOG in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
- Have been the primary author of a research paper that meets professional and publishable standards as determined by a review committee of peers appointed by the AOBOG. The candidate must have had significant input in planning and executing the research. The paper must be an original project (case review is not acceptable) and add to the existing body of medical knowledge of the subspecialty.
- Hold an active license to practice in one of the 50 states or Canada.
- Adhere to the AOA Code of Ethics.
You must submit the following to the AOBOG by the final application deadline:
- Proof of your fellowship’s program-complete status.
- A copy of your research paper.
An exam fee of $3,525 must accompany your completed application. No application will be considered complete until all fees have been paid. Late applications will be charged a $250 late fee, or $3,775 total.
Exam Dates and Deadlines
The Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Subspecialty Oral Exam is offered once per year, in the spring. The application period opens in September and applications are generally due between November-January depending on the exam date. All required documentation must be uploaded or postmarked by the late application deadline. For a list of currently scheduled exam dates, please visit our Important Dates page. Exams are typically given on Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday. Candidates will be assigned one exam session, morning or afternoon on any one of those three days.
Exam Content Outline
The Reproductive Endocrinology Exam is a 4-hour oral exam based upon clinical case scenarios. Candidates will be examined as to their knowledge of reproductive endocrinology- and fertility-related issues based on clinical case scenarios presented by the examiners. The exam will consist of nine clinical case scenarios, selected from the list of topics below:
- Androgen Disorders
- Assisted Reproductive Technology
- Ectopic Pregnancy
- Fertility Evaluation: Male/Female
- Menstrual Disorders
- Obesity and Metabolic Disorders Related to Reproductive Disorders
- Ovulation Induction
- Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss
- REI-related Surgery
- Thyroid Disease and Reproduction
Candidates should be familiar with each of these topics as scenarios will derived from this pool. Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Osteopathic Principles and Practices will be included into the cases. The AOBOG does not endorse, recommend, or provide any information about review or preparation courses for this examination.
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).
- Candidates should also bring with them a copy of their research paper.
- 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.
Candidates will be required to submit a research paper as part of their application to sit for the examination. Forty-five minutes of the exam will be devoted to discussion and evaluation of the submitted research paper. The oral exam is administered by two certified physicians selected from the AOBOG Board of Examiners. Monitors, also members of the Board of Examiners, may be present during the exam to assure that it is administered according to AOBOG standards; they are not involved in the grading. Candidates are required to attend a Registration/Orientation session that begins 45 minutes prior to the scheduled examination time. The examination will be canceled if the candidate is not present by the close of Registration.
Case Log Submission Guidelines
NEW FOR APPLICATIONS BEGINNING MARCH 1, 2021: Applicants must submit their cases and research paper electronically by uploading all files to the application platform following the guidelines below:
- Use this structure to name your file: “Last Name First Name_Subspecialty_Cover Sheet”
- Example: “Smith Jane_REI_Research Paper”
Candidates should have a clean (no writing inside) paper copy of all submitted case logs for themselves on exam day.
The exam is scored as follows for both first-time and retake candidates. Candidates must achieve a score of 75% to pass:
- 80 % – clinical case scenarios
- 20 % – candidate’s defense of the thesis (research paper)