American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Eligibility / Board Eligibility

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BOARD ELIGIBILITY

The Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) has established a Board Eligibility policy and procedure, Article VIII below, which is the required guideline for all osteopathic certifying boards.

The American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology applies this policy to candidates pursuing certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology and its related subspecialties accordingly, with explanatory comments in italics.

Article VIII. Board Eligibility (B-07/10)

Definition

On completion of his/her training program, an osteopathic physician is eligible and qualified to become certified.

Osteopathic physicians who have completed an American Osteopathic Association approved residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology or fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Gynecologic Oncology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Reproductive Endocrinology are automatically board eligible for the 6 year time frame.

Notification

All residents and fellows in AOA-approved programs shall be notified by the AOA of the definition and deadline of board eligibility. Such notification shall be included with the AOA annual report form sent to residents and fellows.

Termination of Board Eligible Status

A. Board eligible status shall terminate on December 31 of the sixth year following completion of the training program. (B-07/89, B-07/10)

Physicians that completed their training program prior to July 1, 2009 are designated as board eligible from the completion of their training until the expiration date of December 31st of the following 6th year. Board eligibility status cannot be extended or renewed beyond the expiration date. If ‘board eligible’ status has expired before certification is completed, physicians remain eligible to pursue certification by registering on the AOBOG website and completing the application for the examination but may no longer designate themselves as ‘board eligible’.

Physicians that complete their program after July 1, 2009 are designated as board eligible from the completion of their training until the expiration date of December 31st of the following 6th year. Board eligibility status cannot be extended or renewed beyond the expiration date. If ‘board eligible’ status has expired before certification is completed, these physicians will need to apply for reentry.

B. In view of a candidate's right to appeal the results of a failed examination, Board eligibility shall not be terminated due to failure of examinations until the appeal is complete.

C. If a candidate does not initiate examination within the period of Board eligibility, then Board eligibility status will be automatically lost and so recorded by the AOA and appropriate Specialty Certifying Board.

Re-Entry Process

A. At the end of six years of board eligibility, if the candidate has not obtained final certification, the candidate may petition the Board to re-enter the certification process. On being granted the ability to re-enter the certification process, the candidate must begin at the beginning of the certification process and must participate in the first available administration of the exam. The candidate will have two attempts to pass each step of the examination process. If unsuccessful on a given administration, the candidate must participate in the next available examination administration.

B. After exhausting the above process the candidate is not eligible to continue the certification process.

C. In order for a candidate to be eligible to re-enter the certification process, a candidate must re-petition the board. The board will establish criteria that must be met prior to granting re-entry, approved by the SRC of the BOS. Upon approval, the applicant will follow the same process as outlined in Paragraph B, above. If the candidate is unsuccessful in this attempt, there will be no further opportunities to become certified.

D. A Specialty Certifying Board may have more stringent requirements in the limitation of time in which a candidate for certification must complete the entire certification process, to be published in its Basic Documents.

E. Re-entry into the certification process does not re-establish “board eligibility”.