Certification

Certification

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

  • The applicant must be a graduate of an AOA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine.
  • The applicant must be licensed to practice in the state or territory where his/her practice is conducted.
  • The applicant must be able to show evidence of conformity to the standards set forth in the AOA Code of Ethics.
  • The applicant must have been a member in good standing of the American Osteopathic Association or the Canadian Osteopathic Association for the two (2) years immediately prior to the date of certification.
  • The applicant must have satisfactorily completed an AOA-approved internship.
  • The applicant will have completed the residency requirement within their specialty area:
      1. Aerospace Medicine – must have obtained a Master of Public Health or its academic equivalent or doctoral post graduate degree in which the course content includes: biostatistics, epidemiology, health services management and administration, and environmental health. Also, the candidate must have satisfactorily completed one (1) year of AOA-approved training in Aerospace Medicine.
      2. Occupational/Environmental Medicine – must have obtained a Master of Public Health or its academic equivalent or doctoral post graduate degree in which the course content includes: biostatistics, epidemiology, health services management and administration, and environmental health. Also, the candidate must have satisfactorily completed one (1) year of AOA-approved training in Occupational/Environmental Medicine.
      3. Public Health/Community Medicine – must have obtained a Master of Public Health or its academic equivalent or doctoral post graduate degree in which the course content includes: biostatistics, epidemiology, health services management and administration, and environmental health. Also, the candidate must have satisfactorily completed one (1) year of AOA-approved training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.
  • In lieu of the requirements above, an equivalency pathway may be available only for osteopathic physicians earning their degree prior to 1990. Applicants may write to the AOPBM requesting re-entry into the certification process.  The following requisites pertain:
      1. Masters in Public Health degree (MPH) or its academic equivalent (e.g.: MSPH, MOH, MS in Preventive, Community, Aerospace Medicine, Occupational/Environmental Health, Toxicology, etc.)
      2. A minimum of four (4) years full time practice experience (immediately preceding application) in the appropriate subdivision of Preventive Medicine: Public Health/Community Medicine, Aerospace Medicine or Occupational/Environmental Medicine.
      3. Must have accumulated 200 hours CME (in addition to the Masters degree) in the subspecialty area of Preventive Medicine where applying.
  • Following satisfactory compliance with the prescribed requirements, the applicant is required to pass appropriate examinations planned to evaluate an understanding of the scientific bases of the problems involved in the specialty of Preventive Medicine and the subspecialties of Aerospace Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Public Health/Community Medicine.
  • After receiving AOA approval of their residency, Board Eligible status is granted automatically from the AOBPM for Board certification. All applicants must apply to sit for examination. This application must be received by the AOBPM no later than 60 days prior to the examination date established by the AOBPM. An application form for Board examination is available on the AOBPM website.

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

During Your Osteopathic Preventive Medicine Residency
DOs enrolled in an AOA-approved osteopathic residency program who are interested in pursuing osteopathic Board certification must work with the American Osteopathic College of Preventive Medicine to document residency training through the generation of yearly progress reports.

When the resident completes his/her residency, the AOCOPM will make a recommendation to the AOA to designate the osteopathic physician as “training complete,” which means that the entirety of his/her Preventive Medicine residency has been approved by the College. After receiving AOA approval of their residency, Board Eligible status is granted automatically from the AOBPM for Board certification. A candidate has six (6) years following the completion of residency training or completion of the practice requirement to apply for examination.

During Your Allopathic Preventive Medicine Residency
DOs enrolled in an ACGME-approved allopathic residency program who are also interested in pursuing osteopathic Board certification must work with the American Osteopathic Association for approval of the residency program.

The osteopathic physician must apply to receive AOA approval of his/her internship (PGY1) and residency (PGY 2+). The form for approval of the internship can be found here; the residency approval form can be found here.

To gain approval of your PGY-2 years and beyond please follow the process below:

  1. Download the application and return it to the AOA.
  2. Send required documentation to the AOA to complete the application.
  3. Program letter stating the following: ACGME-accredited program, successful completion of the training program

Once the AOA has received a completed application and supporting documentation, the information will be reviewed by AOA staff.

The AOA will only approve DOs who have successfully completed an ACGME training program. Documentation submitted to the AOA will serve as verification that the applicant has successfully completed the ACGME program.

After receiving AOA approval of their residency, Board Eligible status is granted automatically from the AOBPM for Board certification. A candidate has six (6) years following the completion of residency training or completion of the practice requirement to apply for examination.

For ABPM-Certified Physicians Seeking AOBPM Certification
If you obtained Board Certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and are interested in pursuing Board Certification by the AOBPM, you may be able to obtain eligibility for the AOBPM 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 AOBPM
The AOBPM General Certification examinations is offered annually, in conjunction with the AOCOPM Mid-Year Educational Conference. 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.

Examination Preparation
The AOBPM does not endorse any board review course for use in preparing to take the certification examination in Preventive Medicine. Many organizations provide intensive board review courses which can be taken in preparation for the boards. The AOBPM 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.