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Board certification in a specialty is recommended for all physicians after completion of a postdoctoral program. Certification demonstrates proficiency and excellence in their field of practice and is increasingly required to obtain employment and admitting privileges.

Another advantage of board certification — it will eventually allow DOs to take advantage of streamlined multi-state licensure through the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which began development in 2015.

DOs are eligible for certification by one of the AOA’s 18 osteopathic certifying boards and/or the American Board of Medical Specialties’ (ABMS) 24 certifying bodies. Board certification is typically determined by whether the physician completed an AOA or ACGME residency.

The AOA certifying boards issued 2,202 new certifications between June 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015, bringing the total number of active certifications to 32,372. Approximately 29% of active DOs hold AOA board certification. (This number does not include DOs with ABMS certification; the AOA does not have this data.)

Source: AOA Physician Masterfile, May 31, 2015.
AACOM Fall 2015 preliminary enrollment report


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