In 2021, the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics announced the transition to a longitudinal assessment model designed to replace the traditional high-stakes written recertification exam previously required for Component 3 of Osteopathic Continuous Certification.

Longitudinal assessment enhances convenience and flexibility by leveraging technology to facilitate continuous learning through more frequent, shorter assessments relevant to your specialty training and career, delivered via a remote online learning platform.

The AOBP longitudinal assessment is administered via the CATALYST platform, hosted by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. The platform is easily accessible from your computer, tablet, smartphone or mobile app. View Frequently Asked Questions.

Longitudinal Assessment Registration

If you hold primary certification in [list applicable specialties], please follow the guidelines below to determine when you should register for longitudinal assessment:

    • If you hold an active 10-year certification in General Pediatrics:
      You are required to begin longitudinal assessment in the expiration year of your 10-year certificate, Once you begin participation, you will need to register for longitudinal assessment each year. Registration opens in the fall prior to the start of the following year’s assessment.
    • If you were certified in General Pediatrics on or after Jan. 1, 2021:
      You are not required to begin participation in longitudinal assessment for one full calendar year after becoming board certified. One year from the issue date of your initial primary certification, you will be required to register during the next available registration cycle and begin participation in longitudinal assessment the following year. Example: If you received initial certification in Spring 2021, you would register for longitudinal assessment in Fall 2022 and begin participation in 2023.


    Longitudinal Assessment Schedule

    The following chart outlines the annual registration and administration cycles for longitudinal assessment. Each three-year cycle consists of three segments (calendar years).

    Please note: If you begin longitudinal assessment in March 2022, the first assessment will consist of three months.

    AOBP Longitudinal Assessment Annual Schedule*
    Cert Expiration Reg. open date Reg. close date Cycle start date
    Dec. 31, 2021 October 2021 January 2022 March 2022
    Dec. 31, 2022 October 2021 January 2022 March 2022
    Dec. 31, 2023 September 2022 November 2022 January 2023
    Dec. 31, 2024 September 2023 November 2023 January 2024
    Dec. 31, 2025 September 2024 November 2024 January 2025
    Dec. 31, 2026 September 2025 November 2025 January 2026

    Longitudinal Assessment Process

    Each longitudinal assessment cycle will coincide with the OCC cycle, lasting three years. Two six-month assessment segments will take place each calendar year, during which participants will need to answer 15 questions. You will answer a total of 90 questions over the course of the entire assessment cycle.

    Questions will be untimed, and will be administered via the online CATALYST platform. You are permitted to use appropriate resources to answer questions, and will be provided with references and rational for questions answered incorrectly.

    Incorrect answers:

    You will be given a second attempt to answer any missed or incorrectly-answered questions from the previous segment during the first month of the following segment. If answered correctly, the second attempt will replace the first attempt for scoring purposes.

    Longitudinal Assessment Content

    The AOBP longitudinal assessment will include the content areas within each listed year as noted below.

    AOBP Longitudinal Assessment Table of Specifications
    2022 2023 2024
    Health Maintenance and Preventative Care Health Maintenance and Preventative Care Emergency Medicine/Critical Care
    Development and Behavioral Health Adolescent Medicine  Nephrology/Urology
    Social Determinants of Health Osteopathic Principles Dermatology
    Pain/Fluid Management/Pharmacology

    Educational Resources:

    The following list of optional courses and study aids is provided to assist with completion the longitudinal assessment. Participants are responsible for any costs associated with participation in these programs:

    Longitudinal Assessment Scoring

    The AOBP requires two scores for successful completion of longitudinal assessment: an annual score and a three-year cumulative score.

    Annual score:

    • To facilitate continuous learning, you will be provided with references and rationale for all incorrectly-answered questions before being given a second attempt to answer correctly and improve your original score. For this reason, you should aim for 100% accuracy.

    Three-year cumulative score:

    • At the end of the three-year assessment cycle, you must have accurately answered a minimum of 70% of the 90 questions distributed via the CATALYST platform.
    • Following completion of the three-year cycle, the lowest scoring six-month segment will be dropped from the cumulative score.

    If you do not achieve a 70% cumulative grade or you fail to participate in a required longitudinal assessment, your certification may be placed in inactive status. In that case, you may contact AOBP to explore options for remediation.

    Longitudinal Assessment Fees

    Registration is required each year of the longitudinal assessment three-year cycle. A $200 fee will be assessed annually at the time of registration.