OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

Component 3: Cognitive Assessment | Longitudinal Assessment

Please note: The General Pediatrics Cognitive Assessment Examination is being replaced with a new Longitudinal Assessment Program, which will enable diplomates to maintain continuous certification through ongoing learning and assessment. More information will be provided in the coming months.

Overview

To complete Component 3 requirements for Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) in the primary specialty of Pediatrics, or the subspecialties of Neonatology, Adult & Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, and Sports Medicine, a physician must pass a written examination. Component 1 must be verified prior to the exam. You can view your status for all components of OCC by logging in to the AOA Physician Portal.

Exam Process: General Pediatrics

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The AOBP is excited to announce the development of its longitudinal assessment plan for OCC in General Pediatrics, scheduled to launch in March 2022.

The longitudinal assessment, which replaces the high-stakes OCC written examination, is designed to promote educational learning retention and will provide practice-relevant value to diplomates. The AOBP will utilize NBOME’s CATALYST learning platform, which can be accessed 24/7 by diplomates via computer, tablet or smartphone. This page will continue to be updated as more details of the AOBP Longitudinal Assessment Program become available. Applications are expected to open in early Fall 2021.

The OCC Longitudinal Assessment will cover all areas of pediatrics, including:

Content Outline: General Pediatrics OCC
CATEGORY PERCENT
Pediatric Health Maintenance and Preventative Care 11%
Infectious Diseases 8%
Laboratory, Procedural, and Diagnostic Performance and Interpretation 8%
Neonatal Medicine and Newborn Care 6%
Emergency Medicine and Critical 4%
Gastroenterology and Nutrition 4%
Mental Health 4%
Nephrology/Urology 4%
Neurology 4%
Otolaryngology 4%
Sports Medicine and Orthopedics 4%
Adolescent Medicine 3%
Allergy and Immunology 3%
Developmental and Behavioral Health 3%
Hematology and Oncology 3%
Osteopathic Principles and Practice 3%
Pulmonology 3%
Social Determinants of Health 3%
Cardiology 2%
Child Abuse and Neglect 2%
Dermatology 2%
Endocrinology 2%
Epidemiology and Public Health 2%
Genetics and Metabolic Disorders 2%
Ophthalmology 2%
Research Methodology and Quality Improvement 2%
Ethics and Medical Jurisprudence 1%
Pain and Fluid Management and Other Pharmacology 1%

View sample exam questions.

Applications & Payment

The following fee schedule applies to physicians seeking board certification from the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics.

OCC Cognitive Assessment
EXAM Type Fee
General Pediatrics OCC (Longitudinal Assessment) TBD

Exam Process: Neonatology

Board-certified physicians with a time-limited certificate must pass the relevant OCC exam, which is remotely-proctored. To be eligible for the Neonatology OCC exam, you must be compliant in all components of the OCC process.

The Neonatology OCC exam will cover all areas of pediatrics, including:

Content Outline: Neonatology OCC Exam
CONTENT PERCENT
Maternal-fetal medicine 7%
Asphyxia and resuscitation 7%
Cardiovascular 10%
Respiratory 12%
Genetics/dysmorphism 7%
Nutrition/water/salt 10%
Nephrology 2%
Endocrine/metabolic/thermal 6%
Immunology/hematology/oncology 7%
Infectious diseases 7%
Gastroenterology 4%
Bilirubin 2%
Skin disorders 1%
Neurology/development/behavior 9%
Eyes, ears, nose, mouth, throat and neck 1%
Basic principles of pharmacology 1%
Practicing evidence-based health care 5%
Health services delivery/ethical issues/family counseling 2%

Applications & Payment

The following fee schedule applies to physicians seeking board certification from the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics.

OCC Cognitive Assessment
EXAM Type Fee
Neonatology OCC Application Fee $1,400

Exam Administration:

The exam is a written, multiple choice exam. Many items utilize visual images. The exam consists of 150 questions and the duration is 180 minutes (3 hours) with two scheduled 10-minute breaks.

Exam Results:

Examination results will be emailed approximately 8–10 weeks after the exam administration.