As the osteopathic medical profession transitions to a single system of graduate medical education accreditation, many DO residents and osteopathic medical students are wondering if the AOA board certification process will change.
During and after the transition to a single accreditation system, AOA board certification will continue to be available to DOs trained through either AOA- or ACGME-accredited residency programs. In addition, the market for AOA certification will expand to include MDs interested in osteopathic training opportunities through ACGME, says AOA President Boyd R. Buser, DO.
“AOA board certification signifies the highest quality standard for physicians trained to practice through osteopathic principles,” he says.
Innovation on the horizon
Board certification is an important quality marker for patients, employers, insurers and regulators.
The AOA recently convened a Certifying Board Services Task Force and will hold a Board Certification Summit this weekend, July 30-31, in Chicago. At the summit, members of all 18 AOA certifying boards, task force members and AOA leadership will discuss ways to realign board certification, including simplifying osteopathic continuous certification and improving the customer experience, to respond to advances in technology, physician demand, and health care environmental dynamics.
“We want to look for opportunities to innovate board certification and OCC to meet the evolving needs of today’s practicing physicians,” says AOA CEO Adrienne White-Faines, MPA. “The focus should be on providing high-value lifelong learning opportunities in ways that are convenient, yet cost effective for physicians.”
AOA board certification is the only certification that enables DOs to fully reinforce and continue their osteopathic training. It allows DOs to reaffirm their dedication to the osteopathic philosophy and holistic, whole-patient care.
“By choosing AOA board certification, physicians are demonstrating their commitment to a high standard of excellence, quality patient care and sustained competency,” Dr. Buser says.
“DOs were given the opportunity to become physicians through the osteopathic specialty colleges and osteopathic medical schools,” he said. “I think everybody should choose osteopathic board certification.”