Residents who have completed or are currently in an allopathic training program may apply for and complete the certification exam prior to obtaining ‘complete and approved’ status thru the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). However, the final score results will not be released to the candidate nor will the candidate be recommended for certification until that training has received ‘complete and approved status’ from the AOA. A statement of understanding must be signed as part of the application process. All deadlines for submission of application documents as well as obtaining certification must be met.
The successful completion of the examination, the review and approval of the residency paperwork and the awarding of certification must be accomplished within six years from the date of approval of the training program.
Application materials for program approval may be obtained by contacting the Postgraduate Education Department of the American Osteopathic Association at (888) 626-9262 or access the application form.
AOA Resolution No. 56
Resolution No. 56, passed by the AOA Board of Trustees, allows for examination eligibility for those holding ABMS primary certification in good standing. This resolution originally passed in July 2004 and has since been modified to remove the five-year post-residency requirement and to include ABMS-certified osteopathic physicians who participated in a clinical pathway to achieve ABMS certification.
The AOA Certification Office must be contacted to obtain an application for eligibility and further requirements. They may be reached at (888) 626-9262 or access the application form.