The American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AOBOO-HNS) administers primary certification exams, subspecialty certification exams, and Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements. The following stages represent key milestones in the process to obtain primary board certification in Ophthalmology.
1. In order to take the Ophthalmology Written Exam, applicants must have completed or be in the senior year of an AOA-approved residency in Ophthalmology.
2. The Ophthalmology Written Exam is offered once per year, generally every spring (exams held in the fall are re-takes only). The application period opens in the fall, and applications are due in March.
3. The Ophthalmology Oral Exam is offered once per year, generally every spring in conjunction with the AOCOO-HNS meeting. The application period opens in the fall, and applications are due in March.
Become Board Certified
4. Upon successful completion of all exam components, the AOBOO-HNS will recommend osteopathic board certification to the AOA.
5. You will receive a letter from the AOA via email once certification has been approved.
6. You are now board certified. You will receive your certification in the mail within 90 days.
7. Your primary certification in Ophthalmology will remain active for 10 years following date of issue provided you successfully complete Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements.
Osteopathic Continuous Certification
8. Maintain active licensure.
9. Participate in lifelong learning and continuing medical education.
10. Complete the cognitive assessment module.
11. Complete the practice performance assessment.
12. Maintain membership in the American Osteopathic Association.