Eligibility

  • Requirement for Licensure

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    An active license to practice medicine in a state of the United States is required of all candidates. A photocopy of a valid medical license and/or registration in the state and/or territory of the current practice of medicine must be submitted with the application. 

  • Prerequisites

  • A. Training Requirement

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    To be eligible to apply for a Subspecialty the following criteria must be met:

    • A valid and current AOA board certification in one of the participating board specialties.
    • An active license to practice medicine in a state of the United States is required of all candidates. A photocopy of a valid medical license and/or registration in the state and/or territory of the current practice of medicine must be submitted with the application.
    • Successful completion of fellowship training in Pain Medicine with a letter of recommendation from the fellowship program director.
    • Alternative to #3, for a period not greater than five years from the date of the first offering of the examination, a physician may apply through the Clinical Practice Pathway.
    • Successful performance on a comprehensive, one-day certification examination.

  • B. Clinical Practice Pathway (Expires with the 2018 examination)

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    If applying via the clinical practice pathway, the following criteria must be met:

    • Verification of a minimum of 40 hours of approved (category 1A or its allopathic equivalent – live/face-to-face hours. No home study/webinars will be accepted.) AOA continuing medical education (CME) credits in the diagnosis and/or treatment of pain within the 24-months immediately preceding the application deadline date for that examination year.
      • The applicant shall be responsible for submitting confirmation of the topics covered in the lectures used for CME credits (e.g. syllabus, course outlines, brochures, etc.)
      • “Complementary and Alternative Medicine” CME credits will comprise no more than 2 hours of the 40 total and may include training in acupuncture, nutriceuticals and prolotherapy. Any CME credits for other forms of complementary or alternative medicine must be submitted to the Conjoint Examination Committee for approval.
      • Up to 5 hours of the 40 total may be in the field of addiction medicine.
    • A minimum of three years of clinical practice prior to the date of application with a minimum of 30% of the practice in the direct care of pain medicine patients
    • A minimum of three physicians certified by the AOA or ABMS in their own specialty, who can complete a Pain Medicine Clinical Practice Attestation form which attests to the candidates’ knowledge, professionalism and practice of pain medicine. One of the attestations must come from the department chair, medical director or other such supervisory physician if applicable.