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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 written, oral and clinical examinations. Examiners may need to attend an orientation prior to serving. Examiners will receive CME credits for administering exams.

Call for Examiners:

The American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBS) is looking for osteopathic surgeons to help administer the General and Specialty oral qualifying examinations this fall. 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.

Oral exams are taking place on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, in Orlando, Florida, prior to the start of the 2021 Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Surgeons.

AOBS Oral Examiner Selection Criteria:

  1. Certified for a minimum of two (2) years.
  2. Passed all AOBS certification examinations without failure. Failure on any attempt to the exam either written or oral will automatically disqualify a volunteer examiner.

If selected as an Examiner, you will receive CME credits in addition to a stipend for participating. Applications will be accepted for this event through August 30, 2021.


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. Individuals who participate in exam writing will be required to complete AOA-provided item writing training. Physicians who participate in exam construction will earn CME.

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