Certification Process Overview
Physicians must maintain membership in good standing of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or the Canadian Osteopathic Association (COA) at the time of application for any examination.
Following successful completion of the examination requirements, the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AOBOG) will submit their recommendation for the physician's certification to the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists.
The AOA requires that the Board's recommendation includes a complete and accurate medical training profile of the candidate which will be obtained from the information entered by the candidate in their AOBOG Profile on this web site. It is imperative that correct, conclusive information be entered into the candidate's profile. Discrepancies may result in unnecessary delay or denial of certification as all candidate information must ultimately be reconciled with that on file with the AOA prior to approval of certification.
Pending confirmation that the AOA's requirements have been met, the physician's certification will be conferred by the American Osteopathic Association. The diplomate (certified physician) and the certifying board will receive written notification from the AOA when certification is conferred. The AOBOG will then issue a registered certificate to the diplomate.
Certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology and its related sub-specialties granted by the AOA after June 1, 2002 is time-limited and requires physicians to complete the Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) requirements every six (6) years.
Certification that was granted prior to June 1, 2002 is non-time-limited and participation in OCC is voluntary.
The AOA's certification requirements must be maintained in order for certification to remain active. Visit www.osteopathic.org and search Certification FAQ to view the requirements.