American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBS)
Operating under the authority of the American Osteopathic Association
The AOBS is one of 18 certifying Boards of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and is regulated by its Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists to administer examinations. These examinations are one part of the certification process for physicians seeking AOA certification and continuous certification in surgery. The function of the AOBS is to identify those practicing physicians who are eligible for examination to become certified by the AOA in surgery. The examination measures the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a surgeon in order to make competent judgments in the care of patients.
Although this tutorial demonstrates many types of questions, the AOBS examinations use only one-best-answer, multiple-choice questions. These may be presented as single items, or as case scenarios.
Before scheduling an examination appointment, you must have already:
- submitted all application materials directly to the AOBS; and
- received written confirmation from the AOBS of exam eligibility and scheduling.
First-time test takers will receive, via email from AOBS, exam scheduling instructions and candidate ID number. Upon receipt of this information, candidates may sign in or create an account to schedule their regional test site. This email notification from AOBS will be sent to the email address provided on your exam application. If the email address you originally provided to AOBS is no longer accurate, you must resolve the discrepancies before you schedule your exam. Appointments may be made up to one week prior to the exam date.
After you schedule your test, Pearson VUE will send a confirmation email listing your test date, your testing time, the address and phone number of the test center, and directions to the test center.
Your examination results will NOT be available at the test center. Results will be mailed to you by AOBS.