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Third DO board offers early entry initial board certification

Current third-year internal medicine residents will be able to take an early entry exam in their final year of training.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article contained incorrect information about the early entry exams. The information below has been updated.

A new early entry pathway is now available for third-year internal medicine residents seeking AOA board certification. The American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine (AOBIM) will administer an early entry exam March 30-April 4, 2020.

AOBIM is the third DO board to offer early entry initial board certification; the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiology and the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians will also administer an early entry exam this year. 

“We’re excited to provide an early entry pathway and the benefits that come with it for residents,” says Genie James, AOA senior vice president of certifying board services. “Many of our diplomates have asked for an improved exam experience. With the early entry option, residents can take the exam four months earlier while their training is fresh, and have one less thing to worry about as they finish residency and start a new job.”


To be eligible for the internal medicine early entry exam, residents must have participated in the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) in-training exam during each of the first two years of their internal medicine residency and have an anticipated training completion date of Aug. 31, 2020 or earlier. Registration is open now and will close March 13, 2020.

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