ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR EXAMINATION
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The following are requirements that must be met to be eligible for examination in Dermatopathology by the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology (AOBD)/ American Osteopathic Board of Pathology (AOBP). Please read over this information carefully and complete the required application for examination along with submission of the required documents as specified below and on the application checklist. Candidates who successfully complete the examination process may then receive a Certificate of Added Qualification in Dermatopathology from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)/ American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology (AOBD)/American Osteopathic Board of Pathology (AOBP).
I. BASIC REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible for examination and certification in dermatopathology, the applicant must meet all of the following minimum requirements.
The applicant must:
A. Be a graduate of an AOA-approved college of osteopathic medicine. A copy of the applicant’s medical school diploma must be submitted with their application.
B. Be licensed to practice medicine in the state or territory where his/her practice is conducted. A copy of the applicant’s medical license and CLIA laboratory registration certificate must be submitted with their application.
C. Be board certified in dermatology by the AOA/AOBD or board certified in pathology by the AOA/AOBP. A copy of the applicant’s Dermatology or Pathology Board Certification Certificate must be submitted with their application.
D. Have been a member in good standing of the AOA or Canadian Osteopathic Association (COA) for a continuous period of at least two (2) years immediately prior to the date of certification. The applicant must submit proof of AOA or COA membership with their application.
E. Be able to show evidence of conformity to the standards set in the Code of Ethics of the AOA.
F. Submit with their application payment of the required $1,800.00 examination fee, made payable to the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology. This fee is non-refundable.
II. TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
One year AOA approved postgraduate training program in dermatopathology (copy of training certificate and letter of recommendation from program chairman required)
III. CERTIFYING BOARD EXAMINATION
Applicants who satisfactorily meet the above requirements may sit for the certifying board examination.
The certifying board examination consists of three sections:
1. Written: questions with multiple choice answers covering representative topics
2. Glass slides or digital images of glass slides: sets of representative glass slides or digital images of glass slides with multiple choice answers
3. Clinical images: clinical dermatology with pathological correlation, electron microscopy, mycology, entomology, etc.