Examination Details

Exam FAQs

  • What is the Subspecialty Certification in Correctional Medicine examination for?

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    The Subspecialty Certification in Correctional Medicine examination process is conjointly developed by three participating osteopathic specialty boards. The Conjoint Correctional Medicine Examination Committee has representation from each participating specialty board. The purpose of the AOA Correctional Medicine examination is to protect the public by identifying board certified osteopathic physicians who have advanced knowledge, skills and abilities in correctional medicine.

  • How much does it cost to sit for the Correctional Medicine examination and withdrawal fees?

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    There is a non-refundable application fee of $100. The examination fee will be $1200, which must be submitted with the completed application.

    For applications that are withdrawn less than 30-days prior to the examination date, the candidate will receive a $900 refund, greater than 30-days will receive a $1200. Fees are subject to change on a yearly basis.

    If a candidate registers for an examination but is subsequently unable to take the examination on the designated date, the candidate may apply the application fee to a future administration of the same test. However, the examination registration fee will be automatically forfeited if the applicant does not sit for the examination within three (3) years of the initial registration date. (Anyone applying through the clinical pathway must sit for the examination no later than the last offering for 2019. There will be no more clinical pathway applications accepted after the 2019 examination deadline.) The candidate will also be responsible for paying any difference between the initial examination registration fee and the fee for the year in which the examination is actually taken.

  • Does the AOA offer or endorse any study materials to prepare for its board examinations?

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    Candidates should prepare for the examination using means they are comfortable and familiar with. Although the AOCCM neither provides nor endorses any preparatory guides, study methods or review courses to aid applicants in studying to take the certification or Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) examinations, extensive self-study of Correctional Medicine in texts, journals, participation in continuing medical education program and review courses in Correctional Medicine can be useful. However, there is, of course, no guarantee that any given preparation will ensure a passing grade on the examination.

  • What happens after I pass the Correctional Medicine examination?

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    Those who passed the examination will receive a Subspecialty Certification in Correctional Medicine by their primary Board. All certificates will be time-limited and will be valid for ten (10) years from the date of certification. The diplomate must maintain a valid certification certificate in their primary specialty or subspecialty in order for the Subspecialty Certificate in Correctional Medicine to remain valid. The Correctional Medicine Certificate will become invalid the date that the diplomate’s primary or subspecialty certificate becomes invalid. The Subspecialty Certification in Correctional Medicine will be awarded after the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists gives final approval of the examination process for each candidate. This approval process will take approximately six months following the notification of successful completion of the examination. The candidate will be responsible for the fee for printing of a duplicate certificate in which the certificate was mailed to an outdated address and notification of the new address was not supplied to the Board.

Correctional Medicine Test Plan

Based on results from the practice analysis survey and expert judgment, the following are the test plan content categories and percentage of test questions allocated to each category:

Categories Percentage of Test Questions
Other 8% 
Law and Regulations 10% 
Infections 9% 
Female 8%  
Special Populations 11% 
Levels and Continuity of Care 8% 
Psychiatric 9% 
Management 9% 
Chronic Illness 9% 
History and Referrals 10% 
Trauma and Emergencies 9% 

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