The DO (03/25/19)
The American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiology (AOBA) has issued new guidelines for diplomates, to replace the 10-year osteopathic continuous certification exam. Diplomates facing expiration of their certification from 2019–2021 must take an online, open-book re-certification assessment. The updates will go into effect on June 1, 2019, and will require American Osteopathic Association board-certified physicians to hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in one of the 50 U.S. states or Canada. The new cognitive assessment format requires AOBA diplomates to take online exams every three years. The mandated number of continuing medical education (CME) credits has been reduced from 120 to 75 for the 2019–2021 cycle, in keeping with the board's understanding that CME is already necessary to maintain licensure in most states. Other components of the updated requirements focus on cognitive assessment and practice performance assessment and improvement. "Board certification must be less of a pain point for practicing physicians," said Dan Williams, AOBA's vice president of certifying board services. "Eliminating the stress of taking a 10-year test will better serve them and the more frequent assessments will keep ongoing learning relevant and aligned with quality patient care."