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 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. All required documentation must be uploaded or postmarked by the late application deadline. View all exam deadlines. 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.
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 case logs and/or 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 cancelled if the candidate is not present by the close of Registration.
The exam is scored as follows for first-time candidates. Candidates must achieve a score of 75% to pass:
- 80 % – clinical case scenarios
- 20 % – candidate’s defense of the thesis (research paper)
Retake exams are scored as follows. Candidates must achieve a score of 75% to pass:
- 100 % – clinical case scenarios
- A research paper is not required for retake candidates.
The examination results are individually reviewed and approved by the full Board. If examiners determine that the applicant cannot verify significant knowledge of the research paper’s design or implementation, partial or no credit will be given for the paper in the scoring of the examination.