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AOBS Announces Transition to Longitudinal Assessment for Component 3

Notice to Diplomates Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBS) Specialties:

Sept. 8, 2021: The American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBS) has announced, under the guidance of the AOA, that the process by which AOA board-certified surgeons maintain certification will be changing. Beginning in January 2022, the board will begin the transition to a longitudinal assessment model that will replace the high-stakes written examination previously required for Component 3 of Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC).

The new Component 3 requirements will take effect when the new OCC cycle begins on Jan. 1, 2022, starting with implementation of longitudinal assessment for diplomates certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. All other AOBS primary specialties, including General Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Urological Surgery, will transition to longitudinal assessment at a later date. Additional details on the timeline will be forthcoming.

The transition away from the high-stakes examination to a longitudinal assessment model will enable AOBS to provide high-quality evaluation of diplomates while allowing greater flexibility, accessibility and convenience. The new model will afford diplomates the freedom to access and select content that is relevant to their specialty, while maintaining the true spirit of “continuous learning” that longitudinal assessment delivers.

Please continue to consult this website for further details and information regarding transition timeframes.