Subspecialties

Subspecialty in Occupational Medicine

To be eligible to receive Subspecialty Certification in Occupational Medicine from the AOA through the AOBPM, the following minimum requirements must be met:

  1. Maintain general certification through any AOA-approved primary specialty board.
  2. Hold a valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in a state or territory of the United States, or a province of Canada.
  3. Document an initial 100 hours of postgraduate training within the past five (5) years in the area of special interest (occupational medicine). At a minimum, 50 hours will be category I. Alternatively, show successful completion of the American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine’s (AOCOPM) Occupational Medicine Basic Course, or a review course that is comparable.
  4. Submit letters from managers, administrators and/or from industrial clients (industries, schools, hospitals, etc.) for whom you provide services. These letters should clearly describe the services provided.
  5. Submit two (2) letters of recommendations from persons, preferably colleagues, competent in your area of subspecialty interest.
  6. Those who wish to sit for the subspecialty certification examination must formally apply. This application must be received by the AOBPM no later than 60 days prior to the examination date established by the AOBPM.  Applications for subspecialty certification are available on our website or can be requested from AOBPM staff.
  7. Subspecialty certificates are time-limited to 9 (nine) years only. Those with Subspecialty Certificatgion in Occupational Medicine must reapply to sit for the examination. This is not a Osteopathic Continuous Certification process, but a requirement to sit again for primary Subspecialty Certification exam.

Subspecialty in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

To be eligible to receive the Subspecialty Certification in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine from the AOA through the AOBPM, the following minimum requirements must be met:

  1. Have graduated from an AOA accredited college of osteopathic medicine.
  2. Have satisfactorily completed a one-year AOA approved internship.
  3. Have satisfactorily completed a one-year AOA or ACGME approved hyperbaric medicine fellowship (the AOA can not grant your certification until your UHM fellowship is approved) or completed a clinical pathway consisting of:
    1. Notarized documentation of successful completion of a basic course in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine approved by either the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.  US Department of Defense courses will be reviewed on an individual basis.  The length of the course must have been at least 40 hours followed by formal assessment. All coursework must be in person, NOT online.
    2. Documentation of a two-year period of time in which a minimum of 25% of practice time was in the practice of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.  Documentation of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine research and teaching activities may also be submitted for review.  During this two-year period, the practice must be devoted to one or more of the 13 treatment indications of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.
    3. Documentation of supervision of at least 500 treatments (with a distribution across the 13 treatment indications in proportion to the frequency with which they are encountered at the institution).
  4. Note: The clinical pathway option for certification will expire on December 31, 2013, after which only the residency/fellowship option will be allowed.
  5. Be (and remain) a member, in good standing, of the American Osteopathic Association or the Canadian Osteopathic Association.
  6. Hold primary board certification from a participating certifying board of the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS).
  7. Hold a wholly unrestricted valid state license to practice osteopathic medicine.
  8. Those who wish to sit for the subspecialty examination must formally apply. Application forms for subspecialty certification are available on the AOBPM website and the Conjoint Committee of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine website.
  9. Subspecialty certificates are time limited to 10 (ten) years only. Those with subspecialty certificaiton must reapply to sit for the examination. This is not a Osteopathic Continuous Certification process, but a requirement to sit again for primary subspecialty certification exam.