The American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM) has replaced its high-stakes 10-year recertification exam with an annual online assessment for Osteopathic Continuous Certification—Component 3.
The new 40-to-60-question exam is administered 24/7 and can be taken at home or in the office. It is an open book exam; diplomates are encouraged to use the resources typically available in the emergency department.
‘A more convenient exam’
“Our emergency physician diplomates asked for a more convenient exam, and we’re thrilled to provide one that they can take anytime, anywhere,” says Genie James, AOA senior vice president of certifying board services. “The new exam will more seamlessly fit in with physicians’ busy lives.”
Joining the osteopathic anesthesiology, radiology and OB-GYN boards, AOBEM is the fourth AOA certifying board to update the longitudinal assessment process to better support lifelong learning and continuous professional development. This year, the AOA’s Certifying Board Services will launch similar innovations in the assessment of qualified physicians engaging in Osteopathic Continuous Certification for several additional specialty boards.