Osteopathic Continuous Certification Examination

Board Osteopathic Continuous Certification

Osteopathic Continuous Certification examinations are required every ten (10) years for all Board Certified individuals who have received Certification after January 1, 1994. Lifetime diplomates are encouraged, but not required, to take Osteopathic Continuous Certification examinations.

Board Osteopathic Continuous Certification examinations are traditionally offered once yearly in the spring.

CME Requirements

Candidates are required to accumulate 120 CME hours every 3 years. The required CME category is as follows:

  • 30 hours in Category 1-A
  • 90 hours in Category 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B
  • 50 hours must be in a primary specialty

Note regarding the primary specialty hours: if certified at the start of the CME cycle he/she is required to complete 50 credits in their specialty.  If certified within the first year of the cycle the physician is required to complete 34 credits, if certified the second year of the CME cycle they are required to complete 17 credits, and the last year of the CME cycle zero hours are required.

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.