OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

Overview

Through the following components, board-certified physicians maintain Osteopathic Continuous Certification in the primary specialty of Surgery.

Component 1 | Active Licensure

AOA board-certified physicians must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in one of the 50 states. In addition, physicians are required to adhere to the AOA’s Code of Ethics. Read more…

Component 2 | Lifelong Learning/Continuing Medical Education

To complete Component 2 requirements for OCC in the primary specialty of Surgery, a physician must fulfill 120 hours of CME over each three-year period that coincides with the AOA CME cycle.  Read more…

Component 3 | Cognitive Assessment

Requires provision of one or more psychometrically valid and proctored examinations that assess a physician’s specialty medical knowledge, as well as core competencies in the provision of health care. Read more…

Component 4 | Practice Performance Assessment & Improvement

Requires engagement in continuous quality improvement through comparison of personal practice performance measured against national standards for your medical specialty. Read more…

Component 5 | Continuous AOA Membership

By maintaining AOA membership and adhering to the AOA’s Code of Ethics, board-certified physicians strengthen their commitment to lifelong learning through continuous education. In addition, certified members participate in relevant specialty-specific educational activities. Read more…