Re-certification in Dermatology

RE-CERTIFICATION EXAM SUMMARY

The re-certification examination is administered yearly in one two-hour session. It is designed to thoroughly test the candidate’s knowledge of the clinical aspects of dermatology and related disciplines as they pertain to the ROUTINE practice of dermatology. The exam is psychometrically analyzed and updated yearly.

This examination utilizes high-resolution clinical images of dermatological conditions with associated multiple-choice questions, emphasizing clinical and laboratory dermatology, dermatopathology and surgery. The examination will focus on areas which are RELEVANT to the practicing dermatologist.

Test time: two hours, approximately one hundred images and questions.

The core references used to construct the examination include standard texts on dermatology, dermatopathology and dermatological surgery as well as peer reviewed journals on dermatology, dermatopathology and dermatological surgery. These texts will assist you in focusing your study efforts but do not guarantee that all examination questions will be taken from these references.

The re-certification examination fulfills Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment) of Osteopathic Continuous Certification. Candidates are permitted to take the re-certification examination three years prior to the expiration date of their board certification. This allows the candidate an extra 2 years to pass the examination if necessary.

REQUIREMENTS FOR RE-CERTIFICATION

In order to maintain certification, all diplomates with time-dated certificates are required to participate in OCC, which officially began Jan. 1, 2013. All physicians who were board certified in 2004 and after are required to re-certify beginning in 2014. Re-certifying physicians may take their re-certification examination three years prior to the expiration of their certification. This may be advantageous and give the candidate three opportunities to pass the examination before expiration of their certification.

The re-certification examination fulfills Component 3 of OCC, which requires the provision of one (or more) psychometrically valid and proctored exams that assess a physician’s specialty medical knowledge as well as core competencies in the provision of health care. The AOBD re-certification examination (120 mins) will examine the medical knowledge necessary to practice typical general dermatology on a day to day basis. The core references used to construct the examination include standard texts on dermatology as well as peer reviewed journals on dermatology. This information should guide you in focusing your study efforts but does not guarantee that all examination questions will be taken from these references.

The AOBD does not endorse any specific board review programs.  However, board review courses offered by the American Academy of Dermatology or private review courses (e.g., the Galderma Pre-Review and others) may be beneficial for enhancing the general dermatological knowledge of the re-certification candidate.

The following are requirements for re-certification. Click here to register for application process. Once registered, all required materials are listed in and should be submitted to http://aobd.instructure.com using the login and email provided to you. Your file must be complete by August 1 of the year of the exam.

  1. A letter from the membership department of the AOA (1-800-621-1773) stating you have been a member in good standing for at least the past two years and that you have shown evidence of conformity to the standards of the American Osteopathic Association. You must be in good standing as of the date of the test (i.e. your AOA dues must be up to date at the time of the test).
  2. One letter of recommendation from a board certified dermatologist or dermatopathologist and one letter from your hospital chief of staff or another physician that has knowledge of your clinical practice. (Letters must be on letterhead with an ORIGINAL signature and mailed directly to the Administrative Assistant of the AOBD at the address below)
  3. Copy of your AOBD certificate.
  4. Copy of your state license. License must be valid as of date of test.
  5. Documentation of fifty (50) credits of continuing medical education (CME) in dermatology achieved in the thirty-six (36) months prior to examination. Twenty-five (25) of these fifty (50) specialty credits must be AOA Category 1-A (obtained from the AOCD).
  6. Two recent passport-size photos.
  7. $1,800.00 non-refundable fee.
  8. Signed applicant statement.
  9. Completed application form.