A physician’s eligibility for AOA board certification begins upon completion of their specialty or subspecialty training program and ends on Dec. 31st of the following sixth year.
To be eligible for certification from the American Osteopathic Board of Proctology (AOBPr) candidates must meet the criteria below:
- Be a graduate of a COCA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine or an ACGME-accredited program.
- Satisfactorily complete a one-year internship in an AOA-approved training program.
- Satisfactorily complete two years of AOA-approved training in proctology.
- Practice in proctology for two years following the required two years of AOA-approved training.
- Successfully sit for and pass all sections of the certification examination.
- Hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory.
- Adhere to the AOA Code of Ethics.
Board eligibility status will be automatically terminated in the following circumstances:
- After completion of the board eligibility timeframe.
- Upon denial of an appeal to extend the board eligibility timeframe for an individual.
- Upon award of certification.
Re-Entry into the Certification Process
A physician who has not obtained final certification at the end of six years of board eligibility may petition the AOBPr for re-entry into the certification process.
Resolution 56: Eligibility for ABMS-Certified DOs
Resolution 56 defines the certification eligibility for ABMS-certified physicians seeking primary certification from the AOBPr. To be eligible for Resolution 56, ABMS-certified osteopathic physicians must meet the following requirements:
- Be certified by the ABMS and have completed residency training prior to submitting an application. Note that ABMS-certified osteopathic physicians who participated in a clinical pathway (in lieu of completing a residency program) to achieve ABMS certification may be allowed to enter the certification process under the following conditions:
- The pathway must have been completed prior to 1995; and
- The candidate must meet any additional requirements set by the specialty board for certification.
- Additional requirements and fees as designated by the certifying board.
- Complete and submit application and release of information form.
Right to Appeal
If a candidate feels that the actions of the AOBPr with regard to any part of the examination constitute unequal application of the regulations and requirements or standards, unwarranted discrimination, prejudice, unfairness or improper conduct of the examination, he or she has the right to appeal to this Board.
Appeal timeframe: All appeals must be made in writing to the Board and must be received within 30 days of receipt of notification of failure. If these deadlines are not met, no further appeal is permitted.
Appeal process: An appeal to the Board must be made in writing by the applicant to the Secretary-Treasurer of this Board, stating the reasons for requesting an appeal. Appeal limitations include previous examination items.
Level of appeal: If the candidate is not satisfied with the results of an appeal before this Board, he/she has the right to further appeal to the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists and the AOA Board of Trustees.
If an appeal is denied by the AOBPr, the candidate retains the right to appeal to the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS) and AOA Board of Trustees.
Compliance With Federal Regulations
The AOBPr complies with all applicable federal and state regulations, including:
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): The AOBPr complies with requirements prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation, as well as regulations for Title II and Title III (and all subsequent regulations) as printed in the federal register.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA): In compliance with the HIPAA Act of 1996 and any subsequent modifications, the AOBPr ensures that individuals’ health information is properly protected, while allowing the flow of health information to provide and promote high quality health care. All medical records submitted for review by candidates for AOBPr certification will be de-identified by the candidate prior to submission, such that the remaining information cannot be used to identify an individual patient.