OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

Timeline

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 subspecialty board certification in Surgical Critical Care.

Written Exam

1. Applicants must complete one year of AOA or ACOS-approved training in Surgical Critical Care and complete the General Surgery Written Exam prior to taking the subspecialty exam.

2. Diplomates of the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine must pass a Surgical Critical Care Written Exam after one year of AOA or ACOS-approved training in Surgical Critical Care.

3. The subspecialty Written Exam is offered in June and October, with the application period opening at least 90 days prior to the exam date.

Become Board Certified

4. Upon successful completion of all exam components, the AOBS will recommend osteopathic subspecialty board certification to the AOA.

5. You will receive notification from the AOA via email once certification has been approved. Expect to receive your certificate in the mail within six weeks of notification of approval.

6. Your subspecialty certification in Surgical Critical Care will remain active for 10 years following date of issue.

Osteopathic Continuous Certification

7. Maintain active licensure.

8. Participate in lifelong learning and continuing medical education.

9. Complete the cognitive assessment.

10. Complete the practice performance assessment.

11. Maintain membership in the American Osteopathic Association.

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