To be eligible for certification in Pain Medicine through the Fellowship Pathway, candidates must meet the criteria below:
- Be a graduate of a COCA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine.
- Satisfactorily complete a one-year AOA- or ACGME-approved fellowship training in pain medicine, as evidenced by a copy of a pain medicine certificate and letter of recommendation from the program director. You will be eligible for certification examination for six years beginning on the date you complete fellowship training.
- Hold a valid and current AOA board certification from one of the primary specialty boards that make up the conjoint:
- Hold an unrestricted license to practice in a state or territory.
- Adhere to the AOA Code of Ethics.
- Adhere to CME guidelines if applicable.
An application fee of $1,300 must accompany your completed application. This includes a non-refundable $100 application fee and $1,200 exam fee. No application will be considered complete until all fees have been paid. Applications submitted after the first deadline, but before the final deadline, will be charged a $100 late fee.
Exam Dates and Deadlines
The Pain Medicine Written Exam is offered twice a year, generally in spring and fall.
Exam Content Outline
The Pain Medicine Written Exam consists of 200 scored items and up to 25 non-scored items. Non-scored items are inserted throughout the examination to obtain data relating to the performance of the items. The items may be selected for use as scored items in future examinations.
|Comprehensive Osteopathic Assessment of Pain||23-27%|
|Therapeutic Measures /Modalities||28-32%|
|Diffuse Pain Syndromes||5-9%|
You can download the complete exam table of specifications below.
Test questions are scored as right or wrong and all scored questions count equally. A criterion-referenced passing standard will be set and used to determine if candidates pass or fail. The passing standard is held constant over repeated examination administrations. The method helps to ensure that a candidate’s pass/fail status is based on what the candidate knows and can demonstrate on the examination and not on other candidates testing at the same time. Secure procedures are used to administer the examination. All examinations are proctored. Candidates will be informed of their results within 90 days of the examination date. Successful candidates will receive a certificate for Subspecialty Certification in Pain Medicine notating an expiration date of ten years thereafter. The certificate will be awarded after the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists gives final approval of the exam process for each candidate. This approval process may take about three months following the notification of successful completion of the examination.