American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Specialties & Subspecialties

​The following table shows the types of certification available from each Specialty Certifying Board (Updated Feb. 29, 2016):
 
​​​​​​Note: For all AOA Boards other than the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, all Certifications of Added Qualifications (CAQs) and Certifications of Special Qualifications (CSQs) have been officially renamed as Subspecialty Certifications.

SPECIALTY CERTIFYING BOARD

PRIMARY CERTIFICATION

SUBSPECIALTY CERTIFICATION

CERTIFICATION OF ADDED QUALIFICATIONS (CAQ)

Anesthesiology

Anesthesiology

Critical Care

 

Pain Management

 

Dermatology

Dermatology

Dermatopathology

 

MOHS Micrographic Surgery

 

Pediatric Dermatology

 

Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medical Services

 

Medical Toxicology

 

Sports Medicine

 

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

 

Family Physicians

Family Medicine/OMT**

None offered

Addiction Medicine*

Family Medicine/OMT** with OCC Special Emphasis in Hospital Medicine

 

Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine*

 

Correctional Medicine

 

 

Geriatric Medicine

 

 

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

 

 

Pain Medicine

 

 

Sleep Medicine

 

 

Sports Medicine

 

 

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine

Addiction Medicine

 

Internal Medicine with OCC Special Emphasis in Hospital Medicine

Adult and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology

 

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

 

 

Cardiology

 

 

Correctional Medicine

 

 

Critical Care Medicine****

 

 

Endocrinology

 

 

Gastroenterology

 

 

Geriatric Medicine

 

 

Hematology

 

 

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

 

 

Infectious Diseases

 

 

Interventional Cardiology

 

 

Nephrology

 

 

Oncology

 

 

Pain Medicine

 

 

Pulmonary Diseases

 

 

Rheumatology

 

 

Sleep Medicine

 

 

Sports Medicine

 

 

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

 

Neurology & Psychiatry

Neurology

Addiction Medicine

 

Psychiatry

Child Neurology

 

 

Child Psychiatry

 

 

Geriatric Psychiatry

 

 

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

 

 

Neurology & Psychiatry*

 

 

Neurophysiology

 

 

Pain Medicine

 

 

Sleep Medicine

 

Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine & OMM

Pain Medicine

 

Special Proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine***

Sports Medicine

 

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine*

 

 

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecologic Surgery*

Female Pelvic Med/Reconstructive Surgery

 

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Gynecologic Oncology

 

 

Maternal & Fetal Medicine

 

 

Reproductive Endocrinology

 

Ophthalmology& Otolaryngology-HNS

Facial Plastic Surgery*

Otolaryngic Allergy

 

Ophthalmology

Sleep Medicine

 

Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery

 

 

Otolaryngology*

 

 

Otorhinolaryngology*

 

 

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Hand Surgery

 

Pathology

Anatomic Pathology

Cytopathology*

 

Anatomic Pathology & Laboratory Medicine*

Dermatopathology

 

Laboratory Medicine

Forensic Pathology

 

Pediatrics

Pediatrics

Adolescent Medicine

 

 

Adult and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology

 

 

Neonatology

 

 

Pediatric Endocrinology

 

 

Pediatric Pulmonology*

 

 

Sports Medicine

 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

 

 

Pain Medicine

 

 

Sports Medicine

 

Preventive Medicine

Preventive Medicine-Aerospace Medicine

Correctional Medicine

 

Preventive Medicine-Occupational Medicine*

Occupational Medicine****

 

Preventive Medicine-Occupational/Environmental Medicine

Sports Medicine*

 

Preventive Medicine-Public Health

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

 

Proctology

Proctology

None offered

 

Radiology

Diagnostic Radiology

Angiography & Interventional Radiology*

 

Diagnostic Roentgenology*

Body Imaging*

 

Radiation Oncology

Diagnostic Ultrasound*

 

Radiology*

Neuroradiology

 

Roentgenology*

Nuclear Radiology*

 

 

Pediatric Radiology

 

 

Radiation Therapy*

 

 

Vascular & Interventional Radiology

 

Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Surgical Critical Care****

 

General Vascular Surgery

 

 

Neurological Surgery

 

 

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

 

 

Surgery (general)

 

 

Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery*

 

 

Thoracic Surgery*

 

 

Urological Surgery

 

 

 
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 Notes

 

* No longer issued.

** Certification in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

In July 1999, the Board of Trustees of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) approved a change in the name of general certification in family practice from the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice (AOBFP) to "Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment."

The AOBFP is one of the 18 certifying boards recognized by the AOA's Board of Trustees through the AOA's Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists. This change in nomenclature was made to accurately reflect that this board certification examination process has included assessment of skills and knowledge in osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) and that the standards for residency training in family practice in the osteopathic profession also have included OMT as a specific component.

Effective after July 1, 1999, general certification issued from AOBFP will be "Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment." Physicians who have general certification in family practice and whose certificates are dated before July 1, 1999 have the option of requesting reissuance of their certificates with the new nomenclature.

In July 2011, the Board of Trustees of the AOA approved a change in the name of general certification in family practice from the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice (AOBFP) to "Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment."

*** No longer issued. Was available only to diplomates of other AOA boards.

**** Available to diplomates of other AOA boards.