Application Process

Application Documents

All documentation submitted as part of a candidate’s application shall remain the property of the Board.

Application Process

Click here to apply you will be redirected to a separate registration page.

  1. Log into the registration system with your AOA website log in.
  2. Select the exam you wish to register for and complete the online application.
  3. After you submit your application, you will need to reenter the application system to pay your fees.
  4. You will receive a PDF copy of your application and a receipt of payment via email.

Eligibility for the Written Qualifying Examination

1.     EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2009, NEW CANDIDATES MUST HAVE COMPLETED ALL THE PRESCRIBED YEARS OF AN AOA-APPROVED RESIDENCY TRAINING PROGRAM IN THE SURGICAL SPECIALTIES UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE BOARD PRIOR TO REGISTERING FOR THE WRITTEN QUALIFYING EXAMINATION.

Candidates who entered the certification process prior to July 1, 2009 must have evidence of satisfactory completion of previous years of an AOA-approved residency training program in the surgical specialties under the jurisdiction of the Board.

2.     Candidate must have all previous years of residency training reviewed and approved by the Specialty College and its Residency Evaluation and Standards Committee.

Years of Training (examination)

Cardiothoracic Surgery - 4th (general), 6th (thoracic cardiovascular)

General Surgery - 4th

General Vascular Surgery – 4th (general), 5th (general vascular)

Neurological Surgery – 5th

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – 5th

Urological Surgery - 5th (urological)

Candidates who began their residency training with the required OGME-1R internship year effective in the academic year 2008:

Years of Training (examination)

Cardiothoracic Surgery – 5th (general, if applicable), 7th (thoracic cardiovascular)

General Surgery – 5th

General Vascular Surgery – 5th (general if applicable), 6th (general vascular)

Neurological Surgery – 6th

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – 5th

Urological Surgery - 5th

Eligibility for the Oral Certifying Examination

1.     The candidate for the oral certifying examination must have satisfactorily completed the written qualifying examination.

2.     The candidate shall demonstrate eligibility for the examination in any other manner required by the Board.

3.     Candidates entering the certification process for the first time after January 1, 2006 must have achieved program complete status from the Specialty College, and all the documentation requested at the time of original application submission MUST be in the candidate’s file PRIOR TO ENTERING THE FINAL PHASE OF CERTIFICATION.

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