OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

Component 3: Cognitive Assessment

Overview

To complete Component 3 requirements for Osteopathic Continuous Certification in the primary specialties of Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Oncology and the subspecialties of Vascular and Interventional Radiology; Neuroradiology; and Pediatric Radiology, a physician must pass an examination once per 10-year OCC cycle. Depending on the specialty, exams may be written or oral.

Exam Process

The AOBR offers OCC Cognitive Exams in the primary specialties of Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Oncology and the subspecialties of Vascular and Interventional Radiology; Neuroradiology; and Pediatric Radiology. Physicians may begin taking the OCC exam up to three years prior to the expiration date of their certificate. The new certificate will be issued upon the date of the expiration of the former certificate and will be valid for an additional 10 years.

Primary OCC exams are held four times per year. The examination is typically offered once each spring and fall in Chicago and two times per year in conjunction with the AOCR Annual and Midyear conference.

Primary Specialty OCC Exam Content

Diagnostic Radiology Exam Content

The diagnostic radiology OCC cognitive exam is an image-rich, computer-based exam. It consists of 100 multiple choice questions, and diplomates have three hours to complete the exam. Questions will cover the following topics:

  • Breast Radiology
  • Cardiopulmonary
  • Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Genitourinary Tract
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Neuroradiology
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Ultrasound
  • Vascular & Interventional Radiology

Download a Diagnostic Radiology OCC Exam Study Guide. The AOBR also recommends the following Review Courses:

Radiation Oncology Exam Content

The radiation oncology OCC examination is given in an oral format. It takes approximately one and a half hours and will cover the following topics:

  • Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Gastrointestinal Malignancies
  • Genitourinary Tract
  • Lymphoma/Leukemia
  • Head, Neck, and Skin
  • Breast
  • Central Nervous System and Pediatric Malignancies
  • Lung and Mediastinum, Soft Tissue and Bone

Subspecialty OCC Exam Content

The subspecialty OCC cognitive exams are image-rich and computer-based. Each consists of 100 multiple choice questions, and diplomates have three hours to complete the exam.

Applications and Payment

OCC Cognitive Assessment
EXAM TYPE Fee
OCC Annual Fee $300
OCC Cognitive Assessment Re-examination Fee $500
OCC Late Application Fee $100

Exam Results

Exam results will be sent out electronically within 8 weeks of the exam administration. No results can be given over the phone.

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.

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

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 AOBR board certification process.