American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

How are DOs Certified?

When an osteopathic physician (DO) is "certified," it means he or she has chosen to achieve expertise in a medical specialty or subspecialty by meeting the requirements of one (or more) of the 18 AOA Specialty Certifying Boards. Certification by an AOA Approved Board is not a requirement to practice in a medical specialty. DOs can become certified in the following areas:

Anesthesiology

Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology

Dermatology

Orthopedic Surgery

Emergency Medicine

Pathology

Family Practice

Pediatrics

Internal Medicine

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Neurology and Psychiatry

Preventive Medicine

Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

Proctology

Nuclear Medicine

Radiology

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Surgery