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Certification

The American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics has outlined the following criteria as minimum requirements for certification:

Certification in General Pediatrics

  • The applicant must be a graduate of an AOA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine.
  • The applicant must show proof that he/she holds an unrestricted license to practice in the state or territory where his/her practice is conducted.
  • The applicant must be a member in good standing of the AOA or the Canadian Osteopathic Association.
  • The applicant must conform to the ethical and moral standards as set forth in the Code of Ethics of the AOA.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of AOA-approved training in pediatrics shall be required. If the internship year was a pediatric specialty track, two (2) years of AOA-approved training shall be required.
  • Senior, third year, residents may apply to take the exam prior to completion of their residency program. The resident must have completed a minimum of thirty (30) months of the program by the time the exam is administered and must submit a letter from the residency program director stating that the resident is well prepared and qualified to take the exam. Exam scores will not be released until after the resident has successfully completed the residency program, has submitted all required documentation and has received approval from all involved parties.
  • Applicant must be Board Eligible. The AOBP will follow the board eligibility process and procedure as outlined in Article VIII of the Policies and Procedures of the BOS.
  • Following satisfactory compliance with the prescribed requirements for examination, the applicant is required to pass appropriate examinations planned to evaluate an understanding of the scientific basis of the problems involved in pediatrics, familiarity with the current advances in pediatrics, possession of sound judgment and a high degree of skill in the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures involved in the practice of pediatrics.
    • Written examinations are conducted and required in the case of each applicant.
    • The members of this board shall review the grading of each written examination. 
    • A full description of the method of conducting the examination is formulated in this Board's Policies and Procedures, and provision for reexamination is made.
  • Certification in Pediatric Subspecialties

    1. Be certified in pediatrics by the AOA through the AOBP.
    2. Have completed one (1) year of AOA-approved subspecialty residency training and shall have practiced in the subspecialty for two (2) years, if training was completed prior to January 1, 1980.
      • If training was completed between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1989, two (2) years of AOA-approved subspecialty residency training and one (1) year of subspecialty practice shall be required.
      • If training was completed after January 1, 1990, three (3) years of AOA-approved subspecialty residency training shall be required. The length of the fellowship is determined by the specialty track being used.
    3. Individuals certified in pediatrics by the AOA through the AOBP may, under special circumstances, petition the Board to be admitted to the subspecialty examination process.

    Understanding the Certification Process
    An osteopathic physician has the option of entering an AOA- or ACGME-accredited Pediatrics residency program. Regardless of their residency program, the AOBP encourages all DOs interested in osteopathic Board certification in Pediatrics to apply.

    During Your Osteopathic Pediatrics Residency
    DOs enrolled in an AOA-approved (aka osteopathic) residency program who are interested in pursuing osteopathic Board certification must work with the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians to document residency training through the generation of yearly progress reports, which can be found on their website. Both the resident and his/her program director must complete and collaboratively review the forms for submission to the College. Both reports must be received by the College within thirty (30) days of the completion of the resident's program year contract date.

    When the Graduate Medical Education Committee of the ACOP receives reports for each program year, which happens in the fall season, they will review and make recommendations, if applicable, to approve that year of training to the AOA, program director and resident. When the resident completes his/her residency, the ACOP will make a recommendation to the AOA to designate the osteopathic physician as "training complete," which means that the entirety of his/her Pediatrics residency has been approved by the College. When the AOA receives this recommendations, it will be reviewed and approved by the AOA's PTRC (Program and Trainee Review Council). At this point, the osteopathic physician will receive a letter indicating that the AOA and College have fully approved his/her training.

    During Your Allopathic Pediatrics Residency/ABP-Certified Physician Seeking AOBP Certification
    1. At the July 2009 Board of Trustee meeting a resolution was approved modifying the ACGME training approval process. The new process requires a DO who has successfully completed training from an ACGME residency program to submit paperwork to the AOA. AOA will serve as the only reviewer of this material.

    2. The process requires the AOA to confirm that the DO has successfully completed training from the ACGME residency program. If a DO has completed the program and has submitted the appropriate paperwork, the DO will be granted approval of their ACGME training.

    3. Applicants and materials will no longer be forwarded to Specialty Colleges & Affiliates. Additionally, Specialty Colleges & Affiliates will not review and approve ACGME training. If a DO has successfully completed an ACGME program and the AOA has verified the completion status, they will immediately receive approval.

    4. These changes would follow precedent set through Resolution 56. The revised process to verify ACGME training to be eligible for AOA board certification would not preclude an ACGME-trained DO who seeks licensure in FLorida, Michigan, Oklahoma and/or Pennsylvania, from needing AOA approval of their first year of training through the Resolution 42 process. As an example, if a ACGME-trained DO practicing in Kentucky when he or she obtained AOA board certification through the expedited process outlined in this resolution, then decided to move to Pennsylvania to practice, he or she would need to apply for approval of training through the Resolution 42 pathway.

    If you obtained Board Certification by the American Board of Pediatrics and are interested in pursuing Board Certification by the AOBP, you may be able to obtain eligibility for the AOBP examinations through AOA's Resolution 56, which grants eligibility to ABMS-certified osteopathic physicians. Click here for the application.


    After Obtaining Board Eligibility Status from the AOBP
    The AOBP General Certification examination is offered annually. If you successfully pass the examination, your information will be reported to the AOA's Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists for their review and approval. If approved, you will be assigned a certificate.

    GME Flow Chart
    Click here to view the pathway to certification.

    Osteopathic Continuous Certification Examination

    AOBP general pediatric certificates issued prior to January 1, 1995 were non-time limited and designated as “non-time limited ” certificates. Osteopathic Continuous Certification examination has been required since January 1, 1995. These “time limited” certificates have been issued for a seven (7) year period since this date through December 31, 2008. All time limited certificates issued after January 1, 2009 are for a ten (10) year period.

    All Osteopathic Continuous Certification examination candidates may sit for the Osteopathic Continuous Certification examination as early as the year prior to their certificate’s expiration date. If taken early, failure does not affect the expiration date of the current date of the certificate. Passing the Osteopathic Continuous Certification exam early, similarly, does affect the date of the current certificate. A new certificate for a term of ten (10) years will be issued when the old certificate expires.

    Certificates of Osteopathic Continuous Certification are issued to candidates who successfully complete the Osteopathic Continuous Certification process and who are approved by the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists. 

    Examination Preparation
    The AOBP does not endorse any board review course for use in preparing to take the certification examination in Pediatrics. Many organizations provide intensive board review courses which can be taken in preparation for the boards. The AOBP table of specifications is published on our website and can be used to determine if the content of a board review is sufficient to cover the listed topics.


    Content Disclaimer: The information provided in the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics (AOBP) web site is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between the AOBP and any person or entity unless otherwise specified. Information on the AOBP website is subject to change without prior notice. Although every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information, the AOBP makes no guarantees of any kind.

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