Appendix  |   April 2016
Appendix 2: American Osteopathic Association Specialty Board Certification
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  • From the Department of Education at the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in Chicago, Illinois. Dr Scheinthal is the chair of the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Jeffrey A. Kramer, CAE, AOA, 142 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611-2864. E-mail: jkramer@osteopathic.org
     
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Appendix   |   April 2016
Appendix 2: American Osteopathic Association Specialty Board Certification
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2016, Vol. 116, 263-266. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.051
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2016, Vol. 116, 263-266. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.051
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In 2015, the certification process at the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) began its 76th year. The certification process continues to be an important assessment tool for enhancing the quality of health care and protecting the public. Certification demonstrates a standard of excellence for osteopathic physicians, including quality of services and commitment to lifelong learning. In addition, many health care facilities and insurers require physicians to be board certified. 
Since its establishment in 1939, the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists, the official certifying body of the AOA, has issued 43,670 certificates, including primary specialties, subspecialties, and added qualifications (family medicine only). As of December 31, 2015, a total of 27,365 osteopathic physicians were currently certified by the AOA and held a combined total of 31,887 active certifications, representing a 2.4% increase over the number of active certifications held in 2014. 
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