OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

Component 3: Cognitive Assessment

Overview

To complete Component 3 requirements for Osteopathic Continuous Certification in the primary specialties of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery, a physician must pass a written examination once per 10-year OCC cycle.

Exam Process

The AOBOO-HNS offers OCC written exams in the primary specialties of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery, as well as the subspecialty of Otolaryngic Allergy. Exams are offered twice each year in the spring and fall. Physicians may apply to take the exam three years prior to the expiration date of their certificate.

For physicians holding time-dated certification, failure to successfully complete the OCC process will result in the loss of certification when their current certification expires.

For physicians with non-time-limited (non-dated, non-expiring) certifications, OCC participation is not required, although they may elect to do so voluntarily.

Ophthalmology OCC Exam Content

The Ophthalmology OCC Exam consists of multiple-choice questions on the following topics:

  • External Disease and Cornea
  • Fundamental Principles of Ophthalmology, General Medicine, Anesthesia
  • Glaucoma
  • Intraocular Inflammation and Uveitis
  • Lens and Cataract
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Optics, Refraction and Contact Lenses
  • Orbit, Eyelids, Lacrymal System
  • Pathology and Tumors
  • Pediatrics and Strabismus
  • Retina and Vitreous

Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery Exam Content

The Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery OCC exam is multiple-choice covering the following topics:

  • Allergy
  • Audiology
  • Congenital
  • External Ear
  • Facial Plastics
  • Head And Neck
  • Inner Ear
  • Laryngology
  • Mastoid
  • Middle Ear
  • Nasopharynx
  • Nose
  • OMT
  • Oncology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Otology
  • Pediatric
  • Physiology
  • Recertification
  • Reconstructive
  • Rhinology
  • Saliva/Endocrine
  • Sinus
  • Sinusitis
  • Skull Base

Applications and Payment

The OCC cognitive assessment exam can be taken within three years of your certification’s expiration date. Applications for the spring exam are due March 31 and applications for the fall exam are due August 1.

OCC Exam Fees
EXAM Type Fee
OCC Annual Fee $150
OCC Cognitive Assessment Exam Fee $2,000
OCC Late Application Fee $250

Exam Scoring

All examination records shall be submitted by the chairman of the Examination Committee to the Board, and the entire Board shall determine the final results of the written examination.

The Board sets passing standards for the written exam using an acceptable measurement model known as “criterion-referenced standard setting.” Following this model, the Board specifies the particular content and level of difficulty necessary for a passing score. The exam process is reviewed by a psychometrician and found psychometrically sound and defensible.

On the day of examination, the candidate will be assigned an exam ID number, and only this exam ID number will be recorded on the examination score sheets and test booklet cover. The exam is scored by a psychometric consultant based upon the AOBOO exam answer sheet(s). Pass/fail decisions are based solely on the content mastery.

All exam records are reviewed by the AOBOO to determine the final grade of each portion of the exam.

Candidates will be notified no later than 90 days following the Board’s decision.

Exam Failure

Diplomates failing the written examination will subsequently receive a deficiency report.

For physicians holding time-dated certification, failure to successfully complete the OCC process will result in the loss of certification when their current certification expires.

Compliance With Federal Regulations

The Board supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for candidates who meet ADA eligibility. The board will make a reasonable effort to provide qualified board candidates who have documented disabilities the necessary auxiliary aids and services that do not fundamentally alter the measurement of the skills or knowledge the board assessment process is intended to test or result in an undue burden.

The Board supports the intent of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for all patients or patient records that may be used as part of any part of the AOBOO-HNS board certification process.