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 Oct. 9, 2013):
 
CERTIFYING BOARD PRIMARY CERTIFICATION

​CERTIFICATION OF SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS (CSQ)

CERTIFICATION OF ADDED QUALIFICATIONS (CAQ)

Anesthesiology​ Anesthesiology​​ None offered​
​Addiction Medicine*
Critical Care Medicine
Pain Management
Dermatology​ Dermatology​ None offered​
​Dermatopathology
MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
Emergency Medicine​ Emergency Medicine​ None offered​

Emergency Medical Services
Medical Toxicology****
Sports Medicine
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine* 

Family Physicians​ Family Medicine and OMT**​

None offered​

Addiction Medicine*
Adolescent/Young
Adult Medicine*
Geriatric Medicine
Sports Medicine
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Sleep Medicine​ 

Internal Medicine​ Internal Medicine​

Allergy/Immunology
Cardiology
Endocrinology
Gastroenterology
Hematology
Hematology/Oncology*
Infectious Disease
Pulmonary Diseases
Nephrology
Oncology
Rheumatology​

Addiction Medicine
Critical Care Medicine
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Interventional Cardiology
Geriatric Medicine
Sports Medicine
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Sleep Medicine​ 

Neurology & Psychiatry​

Neurology
Psychiatry​

Child Psychiatry
Child Neurology
Neurology/Psychiatry*​

Addiction Medicine
Neurophysiology
Geriatric Psychiatry
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Sleep Medicine​ 

Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine​

Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine & OMM

Special Proficiency in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine*​

None offered​

​Sports Medicine
Pain Medicine

Nuclear Medicine​ Nuclear Medicine*​ None offered​

​Nuclear Cardiology*
Nuclear Imaging and Therapy*
In Vivo and In Vitro Nuclear Medicine* 

Obstetrics & Gynecology​
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Obstetrics & Gynecology Surgery*​

Gynecologic Oncology
Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Reproductive Endocrinology
Female Pelvic Medicine/Reconstructive Surgery

None offered​
Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology​

Ophthalmology
Otolaryngology
Facial Plastic Surgery*
Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery​ 

None offered​
​Otolaryngic Allergy
Sleep Medicine
Orthopedic Surgery​ Orthopedic Surgery​ None offered​ ​Hand Surgery
Pathology​

Laboratory Medicine
Anatomic Pathology
Anatomic Pathology & Laboratory Medicine​

 

Forensic Pathology​

Blood Banking/ Transfusion Medicine*
Chemical Pathology*
Cytopathology*
Dermatopathology
Hematology-Pathology*
Immunopathology*
Medical Microbiology*
Neuropathology* 

Pediatrics​ Pediatrics​

Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine
Neonatology
Allergy/Immunology
Pediatric Endocrinology
Pediatric Pulmonology*

Sports Medicine​
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation​

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation​

None offered​

Sports Medicine
Hospice & Palliative Medicine​
Pain Medicine

Preventive Medicine​

Preventive Medicine/Aerospace Medicine
Preventive Medicine/Occupational-Environmental Medicine
Preventive Medicine/Public Health
Preventive Medicine/Occupational*​

None offered​

Occupational Medicine****
Sports Medicine*
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

 ​

Proctology​ Proctology​ None offered​ ​None offered
Radiology​

Diagnostic Radiology
Radiation Oncology
Diagnostic Roentgenology*
Radiology*
Roentgenology*​

 

Radiation Therapy*​

Body Imaging*
Diagnostic Ultrasound*
Neuroradiology
Nuclear Radiology*
Pediatric Radiology
Vascular & Interventional Radiology (formerly Angiography & Interventional Radiology)

Surgery​

Surgery (general)
Neurological Surgery
Plastic & Reconstructive   Surgery
Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
Urological Surgery
General Vascular Surgery​

None offered​ ​Surgical Critical Care
 
 

 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."

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

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