Appendix  |   April 2017
Appendix 2: American Osteopathic Association Specialty Board Certification
Author Notes
  • From the Department of Certifying Board Services at the American Osteopathic Association in Chicago, Illinois. Dr Wieting is the chair of the American Osteopathic Association’s Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Jeffrey A. Kramer, CAE, American Osteopathic Association, 142 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611-2864. E-mail: jkramer@osteopathic.org
     
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Appendix   |   April 2017
Appendix 2: American Osteopathic Association Specialty Board Certification
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2017, Vol. 117, 268-271. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.045
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2017, Vol. 117, 268-271. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.045
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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 (BOS), the official certifying body of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), has issued 46,862 certifications, including primary specialties, subspecialties, and added qualifications (family medicine only). As of December 31, 2016, a total of 29,646 osteopathic physicians were currently certified by the AOA and held a combined total of 34,555 active certificates, representing an 8.4% increase over the number of active certificates held in 2015. 
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