American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Certification Cycles

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, all AOA specialty boards transitioned to osteopathic continuous certification (OCC), replacing the previously known recertification process. All certificates are time-limited for 10 years or less. You are eligible to participate in OCC, even if you hold a non-expiring certificate.

Certificate Time-Limiting by the American Osteopathic Boards:


AOA-Approved Specialty Board

Certificate Time Limit in Years

Date Board Implemented Time Limiting

Anesthesiology

10

Jan. 1, 2002

Dermatology

10

Jan. 1, 2004

Emergency Medicine

10

Jan. 1, 1994

Family Physicians

8

Mar. 1, 1997

Internal Medicine

10

Jan. 1, 1993

Neurology and Psychiatry

10

Jan. 1, 1995

Nuclear Medicine

10

Jan. 1, 1995

Obstetrics and Gynecology

6

Jan. 1, 2003

Orthopedic Surgery

10

Jan. 1, 1994

Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine**

10

Jan. 1, 1995

Ophthalmology

10

Jan. 1, 2000

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery*

10

Jan. 1, 2002

Pathology

10

Jan. 1, 1995

Pediatrics

       10****

Jan. 1, 1995

Preventive Medicine

10

Jan. 1, 1994

Proctology

10

Jan. 1, 2002

Radiology

10

Jan. 1, 2002

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation***

10

Jan. 1, 2004

Surgery

10

Jan. 1, 1997


* Previously called the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology.

** Previously called the American Osteopathic Board of Special Proficiency in OMM.

***Previously called the American Osteopathic Board of Rehabilitation Medicine.

****Prior to July 2009, this certification was time-limited to seven years.​​​