AOA Communication

Changes to Osteopathic Specialty Board Certification

Ronald E. Ayres, DO; Stephen Scheinthal, DO; Cheryl Gross, MA, CAE; and Elaine C. Bell, BA
Notes and Affiliations
Notes and Affiliations

Received: January 9, 2012

Accepted: February 20, 2012

Published: April 1, 2012

J Osteopath Med; 112(4): 226-231

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees has mandated that all osteopathic specialty certifying boards implement Osteopathic Continuous Certification by January 1, 2013. This mandate has caused a number of changes to be made to the AOA specialty board certification processes. The authors provide an overview of changes that will affect AOA board–certified osteopathic physicians, including recertification processes, procedures for nonclinical physicians, requirements for non–time-dated and dual certification, and continuing medical education rules. Rates of osteopathic specialty board certification and recertification for 2011 are also reported.

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