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Volunteer Opportunities

The American Osteopathic Board of Surgery is actively searching for AOA-certified osteopathic physicians to assist the board in the following roles:

  • Examiners
  • Board Members
  • Subject Matter Experts


Examiners assist the board in the administration of oral and clinical examinations (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery only). Oral exams are currently taking place in-person during the 2024 and 2025 calendar years in the fall. Examiners are required to attend an orientation prior to serving, which is held virtually (approximately one hour). While examiners will receive CME credits for administering exams in addition to appropriate honoraria, no other expenses will be covered by AOBS in terms of travel and/or accommodations.

Call for Examiners

The American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBS) is currently looking for osteopathic surgeons to help administer the General and Specialty oral qualifying examinations. Our collective goal is to ensure that each candidate experiences an examination that is not only fairly conducted but professionally and respectably evaluated. The generous efforts of our dedicated volunteers serve to make this high-quality examination process possible.

General Surgery/Surgical Critical Care Call for Division of Examiner

Learn more about this opportunity.

AOBS Oral Examiner Selection Criteria

AOBS Oral Examiner Selection Criteria Level One:

  1. Certified for a minimum of two (2) years.
  2. Passed all AOBS certification examinations without failure.

AOBS Oral Examiner Selection Criteria Level Two:

  1. Certified for a minimum of two (2) years.
  2. If failure on any attempt of the exam either written or oral, the applicant must submit a current CV for review.
  3. Be available for a potential interview with a member of the AOBS or Certification Director.

To apply for consideration, please visit the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery website under our volunteer opportunities section.

Diplomates who meet Criteria Level One will automatically meet eligibility. Diplomates who meet Criteria Level Two will be considered by the Board.

Board Members

Board members are charged with helping establish and maintain high standards for certification of osteopathic physicians in the practice of Surgery and other related subspecialties. They may be required to participate in writing exam items and in administering board exams. Participation on the board requires attendance at in-person meetings (travel expenses are reimbursed by the AOA) and conference calls as needed. Board members will receive CME for writing items, attending exam-related meetings and administering exams.

Subject Matter Experts

Subject matter experts (SMEs) work closely with board members and staff to develop exam items, participate in job task analysis projects and review exam tables of specifications, as examples. Individuals who participate in exam writing will be required to complete AOA-provided item writing training.

If you’re interested in representing the osteopathic profession through one of these leadership roles, please complete a brief online application.