Exam Policies

Exam Scoring

Exam scores will be sent via email no more than 90 days following the exam. Exam results will not be provided over the phone. Successful candidates will receive a certificate after the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists gives final approval of the exam process for each candidate. This approval process may take about six months following the notification of successful completion of the examination.

Rescoring of Examinations

Upon written request and payment of a fee of $50, candidates may obtain rescoring of the examination within a year of receiving the results.

Exam Failure

An applicant who fails an exam is allowed to repeat the examination. The Board may, at its discretion, require one year for further study of the specialty of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation before administering the reexamination.

An applicant who fails an examination a second time is required to wait one year and may then reapply by submitting updated information as requested by the Board.

Right to Appeal

An appeal to the Board must be made in writing by the applicant to the AOBPMR Secretary stating the reasons for requesting an appeal.  All appeals must received within 30 days after the administration of the exam (for written exams) or within two hours (for oral exams).  If these deadlines are not met, no further appeal is permitted.

Compliance With Federal Regulations

The AOBPMR is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1992.  If a candidate has a disability and requests accommodation in taking an exam, the candidate must submit a questionnaire application and documentation, and the Board will make a reasonable effort to provide necessary aids or services that do not alter the measurement of skills and knowledge that the exam is intended to test, and does not result in undue burden upon the Board.

In its examination processes, the Board will not require candidates to provide, nor will it use, any protected health information, and is obligated to remain compliant with HIPAA (Health Insurance Accountability and Portability Act).

The AOBPMR does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, creed, sex, age, country of origin, country or sexual orientation.