Written Qualifying Examination

Application Documents

Future Written Examination Dates

  • Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL
  • Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA

All applications and documentation submitted by a candidate shall remain the property of the Board.

Eligibility for the Written Qualifying Examination

  1. EFFECTIVE JULY 1ST, 2009, NEW APPLICANTS 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.
OUTLINE Years of Training (Examination)
Cardiothoracic Surgery
General Surgery
General Vascular  Surgery
Neurological Surgery
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Urological Surgery
4th (General), 6th (Cardiothoracic)
4th (General)
4th (General, if applicable), 6th (General Vascular)
5th (Neurological)
5th (Plastic & Reconstructive)
5th (Urological)

 

Candidates Who Began Their Residency Training with the Required OGME-1R Internship Year Effective in the Academic Year 2008:

OUTLINE Years of Training (Examination)
Cardiothoracic Surgery
General Surgery
General Vascular Surgery
Neurological Surgery
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Urological Surgery
5th (General, if applicable), 7th (Cardiothoracic)
5th (General)
5th (General, if applicable), 7th (General Vascular)
6th (Neurological)
5th (Plastic & Reconstructive)
5th (Urological)

The candidate shall:

  1. Make written application on a form provided by the Board.
  2. Provide the following at the time the application is submitted (or when available).

Copies of:

  1. Letter from the candidate’s residency Program Director verifying completion of all the prescribed years of an AOA-approved residency training program prior to the application deadline for the written qualifying examination.
  2. Diploma of graduation from AOA-approved College of Osteopathic Medicine
  3. Diploma of internship, if one was issued, or letter from DME verifying satisfactory completion of an AOA-approved OGME-1 year
  4. Diploma(s) of residency (upon completion)
  5. Certificate of active state medical license or military jurisdiction
  6. Verification of program complete status from Specialty College must be submitted to the AOA.
  7. GVS candidates applying for Vascular Surgery board certification for the first time beginning in 2015 will be required to show proof of completion of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography RPVI™ vascular interpretation credentialing exam.
  1. Submit the required fee(s) with the application. No part of the application fee shall be returned without candidate’s written request and Board approval. The Board may apply a cancellation fee if the candidate fails to notify the Board 30 days prior to a previously scheduled examination. An examination rate sheet shall be provided with the application for examination or upon request of the candidate.
  2. Demonstrate eligibility for the examination in any other manner required by the Board.
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