OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

Overview

Through the following components, board-certified physicians maintain Osteopathic Continuous Certification in the primary specialty of Orthopedic Surgery and the subspecialty of Hand Surgery.

Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) is a process in which board-certified DOs can maintain currency and demonstrate competency in their specialty area. The goals for OCC are to provide certified physicians with a process to continually assess and improve their skills and to assure patients and the public that certified physicians are being assessed through reliable and valid measures.

Component 1 | Active Licensure

AOA board-certified physicians must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in one of the 50 states. Read more…

Component 2 | Lifelong Learning/Continuing Medical Education

Component 2 of the Osteopathic Continuous Certification process requires recertifying physicians to pursue lifelong learning through continuing medical education. Read more…

Component 3 | Cognitive Assessment

To complete Component 3 requirements for Osteopathic Continuous Certification in the primary specialty of orthopedic surgery, a physician must pass a written examination once per 10-year OCC cycle, or to complete a clinical pathway examination. Read more…

Component 4 | Practice Performance Assessment & Improvement

Component 4 requires physicians to engage in continuous quality improvement through comparison of personal practice performance measured against national standards for their medical specialty. Read more…

 

Component 5 | Continuous AOA Membership

By maintaining AOA membership and adhering to the AOA’s Code of Ethics, board-certified physicians strengthen their commitment to lifelong learning through continuous education. In addition, certified members participate in relevant specialty-specific educational activities. Read more…