The American Osteopathic Board of Radiology (AOBR) announced it is piloting a new format for cognitive assessment. Diplomates whose certificate expires in 2019 will not need to take the 10-year OCC examination.
The pilot program includes a decrease in the number of CME hours, requiring 60 CME credits in the specialty over the course of the three year AOA CME cycle. Previously, 120 CME credits were required to maintain board certification.
“The osteopathic certifying boards are focused on meeting the needs of practicing physicians by providing lifelong learning that is convenient and cost-effective. Radiology is one of the first to address its diplomates’ concerns with OCC. Its physician leadership concluded that a high-stakes test every decade was a significant pain point that didn’t demonstrably improve patient care,” says Dan Williams, DO, AOA vice president for certifying boards.
The 18 AOA certifying boards have a mandate to evolve board certification to ensure that it reinforces and continues osteopathic training, says AOA President Mark A. Baker, DO.
“AOA board certification keeps DOs connected to the osteopathic philosophy of whole-person care that many embrace in their practices. Our diplomates have a strong sense of community and collaborate to improve patient care and maintain a standard of excellence. The changes underway will ensure that board certification enhances their careers through meaningful, highly relevant learning opportunities,” Dr. Baker explains.
To learn more about AOA board certification, visit certification.osteopathic.org.