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Oral Exam


To be eligible for certification in Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery, candidates must meet the criteria below:

  • Be a graduate of a COCA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine.
  • Satisfactorily complete a one-year internship in an AOA approved training program.
  • Must achieve program-complete status from the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology.
  • Successfully sit for and pass all sections of the AOBOO Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery written exam.
  • Hold an unrestricted license to practice in a state or territory.
  • Adhere to the AOA Code of Ethics.
  • Meet AOA board eligibility requirements.


At the time of application, you must submit the following to the AOBOO-HNS:

  • A completed Oral Exam application
  • Passport/License Photo
  • Staff will verify licensure and ensure the AOCOO-HNS has deemed your training complete.

Exam Fees

An exam fee of $2,000 must accompany your completed application. No application will be considered complete until all fees have been paid. There is a cancellation fee of $250.

If an applicant fails the exam, the fee for re-examination is $2,000.

Exam Dates and Deadlines

The Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery Oral Exam is offered once per year, generally every spring. The application period opens in the fall. Applications start at the end of November and close in March.

Exam Content

The Oral Exam is given individually and is designed to evaluate judgmental processes and the candidate’s ability to solve clinical problems.

Examiners will present the candidate with patient cases, including presenting problems and statements made by the patient. They may include laboratory reports and/or studies appropriate to the etiology of the condition.

Candidates will offer initial/suspected possible diagnoses, interpretation of labs and imaging studies, differential diagnosis, proposed treatment options, case management and possible troubleshooting. At least one question shall embrace the osteopathic philosophy of disease as it pertains to the particular specialty. Topics include:


  • Audiology
  • Congenital
  • External Ear
  • Internal Ear
  • Middle Ear


  • Allergy
  • Congenital
  • Nasopharynx
  • Rhinology
  • Sinus


  • Larynx
  • Laser
  • Neck
  • Oropharynx
  • Salivary and Endocrine

Facial Plastic Surgery:

  • Facial Plastics
  • Reconstructive
  • Trauma