Appendix  |   April 2018
Appendix 2: American Osteopathic Association Specialty Board Certification
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  • 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. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: None reported. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Leo Morales-Egizi, MEd, American Osteopathic Association, 142 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611-2864. Email: lmorales-egizi@osteopathic.org
     
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Appendix   |   April 2018
Appendix 2: American Osteopathic Association Specialty Board Certification
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2018, Vol. 118, 275-279. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.053
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2018, Vol. 118, 275-279. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.053
The certification process is 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 49,058 certifications, including primary certifications, subspecialty certifications, and certifications of added qualifications (family medicine and preventive medicine only). As of December 31, 2017, a total of 31,762 osteopathic physicians were certified by the AOA and held a combined total of 36,982 active certifications, representing a 7% increase over the number of active certifications held in 2016 (34,555). 
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