OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

Written Exam

Eligibility

The following requirements must be completed before a candidate may sit for the Written Exam for subspecialty board certification in Sports Medicine:

  • Hold primary certification from one of the specialty boards represented on the Sports Medicine conjoint committee:
    • American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine
    • American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians
    • American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine
    • American Osteopathic Board of Neuromuscuoloskeletal Medicine
    • American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics
    • American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Hold an active license to practice medicine in one of the 50 states. Applicants who don’t have an active license at the time of application will not be admitted to the exam.
  • Conform to the ethical and moral standards of the AOA Code of Ethics.
  • Satisfactorily complete a one-year AOA- or ACGME-approved fellowship in Sports Medicine as shown by a copy of a sports medicine certificate and letter of recommendation from the program director. After you complete fellowship training, you have a six-year eligibility window to take the Sports Medicine certification exam.
    • Note: Sports medicine fellows can take the exam once they’ve completed at least nine months of their fellowship program if their program director writes a letter of recommendation saying they’re prepared. Sometimes exceptions are made for fellows who’ve completed seven or eight months if the exam is being offered early.
    • Current fellows who take the exam will sign a waiver stating that exam scores won’t be released until the applicant has submitted all training documentation, successfully completed the fellowship program and gained approval from all involved agencies.

Requirements

Once training and eligibility requirements are met, candidates must submit a completed application, fees and the following documents:

  • Copy of current state medical license with expiration date
  • Copy of Sports Medicine program certification

Applicant files will be reviewed by the Conjoint Examination Committee after the close of the registration period. Candidates will be notified in writing of their eligibility.

Exam Fees

To sit for the Sports Medicine exam, you must submit an application and supporting documentation to the AOCSMEC. The Sports Medicine certification exam fee is $800 through April 1, 2019. A $100 late fee will be required for applications submitted from April 2, 2019 to May 1, 2019. Application materials will not be accepted after May 1, 2019. All fees must be paid before the exam. If you need to cancel your exam, you must do so in writing. Cancellations received by June 14, 2019, will be refunded less a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received within three weeks of the exam date. Fees are only accepted online.

Exam Dates and Deadlines

The Written Exam for subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine will be held July 11 and 12, 2019, at PearsonVUE testing centers. The first application deadline is April 1, 2019, and the final deadline is May 1, 2019.

Exam Content Outline

The Sports Medicine subspecialty/CAQ written exam will be a proctored half-day examination made up of 200 multiple-choice questions that ask candidates to choose the one best answer. It evaluates candidates’ understanding of the scientific basis of the problems involved in sports medicine; familiarity with current advances in sports medicine; and possession of sound judgement and a high degree and skill in the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures involved in the practice of sports medicine. Written exam questions will cover five major categories:

Subspecialty Certification
CONTENT PERCENT RANGE ON EXAM
  1. I. Basic Science
    1. A. Anatomy
    2. B. Physiology
    3. C. Pharmacology
    4. D. Nutrition
  • 13-17%
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  1. II. Diagnostics
    1. A. History
    2. B. X-ray and lab
    3. C. Performance
    4. D. Consultation
  • 28-32%
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  1. III. Injury Management/Prevention
    1. A. Onsite immediate acute care
    2. B. Post-event care
    3. C. Sports knowledge, sports rules
    4. D. Protective equipment
    5. E. Osteopathic principles and practice
  • 18-22%
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  1. IV. Treatment
    1. A. Pharmacological
    2. B. OMT
    3. C. Rehab modalities (acute and re-injury prevention)
    4. D. Psychological
  • 23-27%
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  1. V. Medical Issues
    1. A. Management of medical issues
    2. B. Chronic diseases
    3. C. Special-needs athletes
  • 8-12%
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Exam Scoring

Passing candidates will receive exam results in writing within 90 day of taking their exam. No exam results will be given over the phone. Candidates who pass their exams will be forwarded to the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists, which makes the final determination for diplomate status. Once approved, diplomates will receive a letter from the AOA; your certificate will be mailed within 6-10 weeks. The date shown on the certificate represents the date on which you fulfilled all requirements for accreditation as verified by your primary specialty board.

Exam Failure

If you don’t pass your exam, you may apply for reexamination on the next available exam date. You’ll need to complete another application and submit the $800 exam fee. You will also need to submit CME hours based on the application guidelines in place at the time of your application.

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