Longitudinal assessment for Component 3: LEARN MORE | AOBS General Surgery Spring Oral Exam registration has closed


The American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBS) has transitioned from the high-stakes written recertification exam previously required every 10 years to a longitudinal assessment model for primary certification held in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. The AOBS longitudinal assessment aligns with the three-year Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) cycle to fulfill the Component 3 requirement. Our goal is to provide flexible, effective learning opportunities for our Diplomates and promote current knowledge of optimal surgical practice.

Process & Structure

The AOBS Longitudinal Assessment will be administered using the following process and structure:

  • The assessment will be open book, with the ability to save your progress and return at your convenience.
  • The assessment will be accessed via an online remote platform, which will be available 24/7 from the convenience of your home or office.
  • Assessment questions will be untimed, and can be completed during one or multiple sittings during the assessment cycle.
  • Diplomates can make three attempts to pass the assessment during the assessment cycle.
  • Immediate scoring will be conducted upon final completion of the assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the AOBS Longitudinal Assessment process by reviewing our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

General Surgery Readings

The following General Surgery Readings are provided as a preparation tool for the Longitudinal Assessment.

*Updated as of Feb. 9, 2022

Surgical Critical Care Readings

The following Surgical Critical Care Readings are provided as a preparation tool for the Longitudinal Assessment.