Osteopathic Continuous Certification

The American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery recognizes the need for continuous certification for orthopedic surgeons. Various state agencies, licensing boards, and managed care plans have mandated orthopedic surgeons demonstrate they are practicing contemporary medicine within their field of specialty. Therefore, the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery developed an OCC Examination.

Those surgeons who have been certified BEFORE 1994 may take the OCC Examination, on a voluntary basis, at any time.

Those surgeons who were certified in 1994 or AFTER were issued a TEN-YEAR certificate and will be required to take the OCC Cycle prior to the expiration of their certificate. AN OCC EXAMINATION WILL BE REQUIRED EVERY TEN (10) YEARS.

The OCC Examination questions come from the general orthopedic question pool, but are oriented more toward the clinical practice of Orthopedics. There are no basic science and very few tumor questions. At this time, the AOBOS does not offer a review course. If you wish, you are encouraged to attend other Orthopedic review courses around the country. AN EXCELLENT METHOD OF PREPARATION IS TO STUDY THE MOST CURRENT ORTHOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE UPDATE. Please monitor the website for further instructions. Greater detail of the exam is available through the Handbook for Candidates for Osteopathic Continuous Certification, which can be downloaded off this website.




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