Oral Exam


To be eligible for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation oral (Part II) exam, candidates must meet the criteria below:

  • Have passed the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Primary Written Exam.
  • One year of full-time practice as a physiatrist following residency or, a one-year fellowship, or an acceptable combination of the two.
  • Hold an active license to practice medicine in one (1) of the fifty (50) states or Canada.
  • Adhere to the AOA Code of Ethics.

* ABMS-certified DOs who have been approved through Resolution 56 may choose to take the written or oral exam to become certified with AOBPMR.


At the time of application, you must submit the following to the AOBPMR:

  • Completed, signed online application.
  • All required fees.
  • Current CV/resume.
  • One headshot photo (passport-sized).

Exam Fees

An application fee of $750 must be submitted with your completed application. The fee increases to $975 if received after the initial application deadline. No application will be accepted after the final application deadline.

Exam candidates may elect to cancel their exam by submitting a reason for cancellation to aobpmr@osteopathic.org. If the request is approved, exam fees will be refunded according to below:

  • Cancellations more than 14 days prior to the exam day will be assessed a $100 fee.
  • Cancellations within 14 days of the exam day will be assessed a $200 fee.

Note: The AOBPMR will evaluate cancellation requests on a case-by-case basis. All fees are subject to change.


Exam Dates and Deadlines

The physical medicine & rehabilitation oral exam is offered once per year in the fall.

Exam Content

The exam is split into three 45-minute sessions where candidates will meet with examiners. Each examiner will ask three questions. An oral exam observer will also be in the room.

The nine total questions will be randomly selected from the 12 topics listed below:

  • Pediatrics
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Sports Medicine
  • Brain Injuries including stroke
  • Electrodiagnosis
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)
  • Industrial-Occupational
  • Prosthetics/Orthotics
  • Joint Connective Tissue
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Cancer