The American Osteopathic Board of Surgery administers primary and subspecialty certification exams, as well as Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements. The following stages represent key milestones in the process to obtain primary board certification in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
1. Applicants must be within 90 days of completing training or have completed training in order to apply for the Written Exam.
2. The Written Exam is offered annually in April via a remote proctoring platform. The application period opens five months prior to the exam.
3. Applicants for the Oral Exam must have successfully completed the Written Exam.
4. The Oral and Clinical Exams are offered mid-fall. The application period opens at least 90 days prior to the exam date.
5. Submit Clinical Exam case logs prior to exam for review and approval.
6.Once you receive notification of acceptance, you may apply for both the Oral and Clinical Exams.
7. The Clinical and Oral Exams are offered in October in conjunction with the ACOS Annual Clinical Assembly.
Become Board Certified
8. Upon successful completion of all exam components, the AOBS will recommend osteopathic board certification to the AOA.
9. You will receive a letter from the AOA via email once certification has been approved.
10. You are now board certified. You will receive your certificate in the mail within 6 weeks of notification of approval.
11. Your primary certification in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery will remain active for 10 years following date of issue provided you successfully complete Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements.
Osteopathic Continuous Certification
12. Maintain active licensure.
13. Participate in lifelong learning and continuing medical education.
14. Complete the cognitive assessment.
15. Complete the practice performance assessment.