American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists

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American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists
Abbreviation AOABOS
Formation 1939[1]
Type Professional association
Headquarters Chicago, IL
Official language
Stephen Scheinthal, DO
J. Michael Wieting, DO
Cheryl Gross
Website American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists

Established in 1939, the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOABOS) is a non-profit umbrella organization for 18 medical specialty boards in the United States. Along with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), the AOABOS is one of three leading entities that oversees physician board certification in the United States. The AOABOS assists its Member Boards in developing and implementing educational and professional standards to evaluate and certify physician specialists.[2]

AOABOS is recognized by the key healthcare accreditation organizations[vague] as a primary equivalent source of physician board certification data on medical specialists for credentialing purposes.


The concept of a specialty board was first proposed in 1908 by Dr. Derrick T. Vail. In 1916, ophthalmology became the first officially incorporated board.[3] The second specialty board, the American Board of Otolaryngology, was founded and incorporated in 1924.[4] The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (1930) and the American Board of Dermatology and Syphilology (1932) followed. The AOABOS was organized in 1939 as the Advisory Board for Osteopathic Specialists for the certification of osteopathic physicians. The first medical specialty board part of the AOABOS was the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology.[2] In 1993, the Board of Trustees of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), through its agency, the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists, became the osteopathic certifying body.

Member Boards[edit]

The following are the specialty certifying boards of the American Osteopathic Association:[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS) History and Structure". American Osteopathic Association. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Ayres, RE; Scheinthal, S; Gross, C; Bell, EC (March 2009). "Osteopathic specialty board certification.". The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 109 (3): 181–90. PMID 19336771. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Home". American Board of Ophthalmology. 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Home". American Board of Otolaryngology. 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "AOA Specialty Certifying Boards". American Osteopathic Association. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 

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