AOBA board exams

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As a DO graduate, is there any GOOD reason to take all 3 AOBA exams?
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I can't think of one. Most hospitals merely require board certification in your specialty. I don't believe there is any distinction whether ABA or AOBA. Its an added expense imo. Back in the day I considered taking ABA and AOBA boards. When I looked into doing it, since I was at an allopathic residency, I was informed I would first have to have an AOBA examiner come and spend time at my program to see if it met their board criteria. I would have to pay all expenses for the examiner. Amazingly, my PD, Machiavelli himself, agreed to go along. After about a millisecond of thinking it over, I told the AOBA basically to go sh1t in their hat. It is a distinction without a difference, imo. Although years later, I received numerous emails offering me the opportunity to sit the AOBA boards which I quickly deleted. Boards and recertification are very much about the money.
 
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100% do not take the aoba exams that you are not specifically required to by your residency. If that number is 0, take 0.

There are hospitals out there where the bylaws actually do stipulate BC/BE in an ABMS specialty so it's possible AOBA certification would not be recognized there.

However, like @Angus Avagadro above, the AOBA is relentless in trying to get you to take it. I've flat out told them that I will not ever be taking their exams and I still get emails from them begging me to register.
 
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a few downsides.
DO clinical exam is annoying hoop to jump through then you have to get AOA cat 1 CME which means having to goto the DO anesthesia conference.
could help if you want to teach at a DO school someday but thats not a good enough reason.
could also help someone struggling with ABA oral boards... I don't think AOBA oral boards are easy but I do believe it's a relatively easier that ABA oral boards.
i took the written as my program paid for it but never took the oral or clinical exam and instead became ABA boarded.
 
a few downsides.
DO clinical exam is annoying hoop to jump through then you have to get AOA cat 1 CME which means having to goto the DO anesthesia conference.
could help if you want to teach at a DO school someday but thats not a good enough reason.
could also help someone struggling with ABA oral boards... I don't think AOBA oral boards are easy but I do believe it's a relatively easier that ABA oral boards.
i took the written as my program paid for it but never took the oral or clinical exam and instead became ABA boarded.
May i know what resouces you used for AOBA written exam? Thanks
 
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