The American Osteopathic Board of Pathology 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 Anatomic Pathology.

Certification Exam

1. In order to take the Anatomic Pathology Certification Exam, applicants must have completed an AOA-approved residency in anatomic pathology.

2. The Anatomic Pathology Certification Exam is offered one weekend every fall, generally during OMED. The application period opens in February or March, and applications are due approximately two months prior to the exam date. Beginning in 2020, the application period opens five months prior to the exam date, and applications are due 15 days prior to the exam date.

Become Board Certified

3. Upon successful completion of all exam components, the AOBPa will recommend osteopathic board certification to the AOA.

4. You will receive a letter from the AOA via email once certification has been approved.

5. You are now board certified. You will receive your certification in the mail within approximately 4 weeks.

6. Your primary certification in Anatomic Pathology will remain active for 10 years following date of issue provided you successfully complete Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements.

Osteopathic Continuous Certification

7. Maintain active licensure.

8. Participate in lifelong learning and continuing medical education.

9. Complete the cognitive assessment.

10. Complete the practice performance assessment.