OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

Component 3: Cognitive Assessment

Overview

To complete Component 3 requirements for Osteopathic Continuous Certification in the primary specialties of Aerospace Medicine, Occupational/Environmental Medicine, and Public Health/Community Medicine, a physician must pass a written examination once per 10-year OCC cycle.

Exam Process

The AOBPM offers OCC Written Exams in the primary specialties of Aerospace Medicine, Occupational/Environmental Medicine, and Public Health/Community Medicine, as well as in the CAQ of Occupational Medicine. Exams are traditionally offered once yearly, in the spring.

For physicians holding time-dated certification, failure to successfully complete the OCC process will result in the loss of certification when their current certification expires.

For physicians with non-time-limited (non-dated, non-expiring) certifications, OCC participation is not required, although they may elect to do so voluntarily.

Exam Content

The OCC Exams for Aerospace Medicine, Occupational/Environmental Medicine and Public Health/Community Medicine consist of the following parts:

  • A two-hour multiple choice examination of approximately 100 questions.
  • A two-hour essay exam. Candidates will receive seven essay questions 30 days prior to the exam date to study; on the exam date, they will be assigned several questions to answer. Occupational/Environmental Health candidates will answer five questions, while Aerospace Medicine and Public Health/Community Medicine candidates will answer three questions.

Content for each specialty exam is as follows:

Public Health/Community Medicine OCC Exam

 

Public Health/Community Medicine OCC Exam
CATEGORY CATEGORY PERCENT
Epidemiology & Statistics 15%
Chronic Disease Prevention 10%
Maternal & Child Health 4%
Injuries 10%
Mental Health & Retardation 5%
Substance Abuse 2%
Occupational & Environmental Medicine 6%
Legal Aspects of Medicine 4%
Medical Ethics 2%
Health Care Professionals 6%
Health Care Services &  Finance 11%
Public Health Administration 4%
Infectious Disease 5%

Occupational/Environmental Medicine OCC Exam

Occupational/Environmental Medicine OCC Exam
CATEGORY CATEGORY PERCENT
Epidemiology and Statistics 3%
Acute Disease Prevention 13%
Chronic Disease Prevention 5%
Impairment and Disability Evaluation 5%
Toxicology 12%
Injury Prevention 8%
Mental Health and Retardation 2%
Industrial Hygiene and Safety 12%
Substance Abuse 2%
Clinical Occupational and Environmental Medicine 13%
Legal and Regulatory Requirements 10%
Physical Hazards 7%
Biological Hazards 6%
Reproductive Hazards 2%

Aerospace Medicine OCC Exam

Aerospace Medicine OCC Exam
CATEGORY CATEGORY PERCENT
History 2%
Biomechanics 15%
Civil Regulation 20%
Clinical Aerospace Medicine 20%
Environment of Flight 10%
Epidemiology and Statistics 6%
Injury Prevention 10%
Barometric Physiology 15%
Substance Abuse 2%

CAQ OCC Exam Content

CAQ OCC Exam
CATEGORY CATEGORY PERCENT
Domain Distribution Epidemiology and Statistics 3%
Acute Disease Prevention 12%
Chronic Disease Prevention 5%
Impairment and Disability Evaluation 5%
Toxicology 15%
Injury Prevention 7%
Mental Health and Retardation 2%
Industrial Hygiene and Safety 16%
Substance Abuse 2%
Clinical Occupational and Environmental Medicine 13%
Legal and Regulatory Requirements 10%
Physical Hazards 5%
Biological Hazards 3%
Reproductive Hazards 2%

Conjoints

If you hold subspecialty certification in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine or Correctional Medicine, conjoint committees the AOBPM participates in, please visit the conjoint website for info on OCC Component 3 requirements.

Applications and Payment

The OCC cognitive assessment exam can be taken within two years of your certification’s expiration date.

OCC Cognitive Assessment
EXAM Type Fee
OCC Application Fee (required once every three-year OCC cycle) $400
OCC Exam Application Fee $295
OCC Cognitive Assessment Exam Fee $850
OCC Exam Retake Application Fee $150
OCC Exam Retake One Part Fee $500
OCC Exam Retake two or more parts $750

Exam Results

Examination results will be mailed approximately 8–10 weeks after the exam administration. Exam results will not be given over the phone, by fax or email.

Exam Failure

For physicians holding time-dated certification, failure to successfully complete the OCC process will result in the loss of certification when their current certification expires.

Compliance With Federal Regulations

The Board supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for candidates who meet ADA eligibility. The board will make a reasonable effort to provide qualified board candidates who have documented disabilities the necessary auxiliary aids and services that do not fundamentally alter the measurement of the skills or knowledge the board assessment process is intended to test or result in an undue burden.

The Board supports the intent of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for all patients or patient records that may be used as part of any part of the AOBNP board certification process.