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Posted: March 28, 2013

UNTHSC helps ensure DO recertification standards

TCOM's John Bowling, DO, Professor and Assistant Dean of Rural Medical Education, has helped revamp and computerize the written cognitive certification exam for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). This component of the certification process tests for competency in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. Applicants for certification now take the computerized written test at regional testing centers, allowing the certification board to adopt an enhanced performance exam.

Bowling serves on the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians which is responsible for development and oversight of the certification and recertification of all osteopathic physicians specializing in Family Medicine.

Each osteopathic physician (DO) must meet rigorous criteria for continuous certification which is regulated by the AOA. DOs must complete a minimum 120 hours of continuing medical education every three years. In addition, they renew their specialty certification periodically with additional CME hours, plus pass a written exam and a performance exam.

The new specialty-recertification component -- called practice performance improvement -- adds an additional safety measure for professionals who practice specialties. "All these improvements are in the interest of patient safety," Bowling said.

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