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Information for the Subspecialty Certification Program in Geriatric Medicne

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This information sheet has been produced by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine for use by its Diplomates who are applying for examination in Geriatric Medicine. The purpose of this document is to provide general information concerning the Geriatric Medicine Examination and instructions for completing the application.

The Geriatric Medicine Examination program for the Certification of Added Qualifications by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine is designed to recognize excellence among those certified internists who provide care to the elderly. The program will have two components:

  1. Satisfactory completion of training.

  2. Successful performance on a comprehensive, one-day examination.


Internists must be certified by the AOA, through the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine, in internal medicine and complete a 24 month academic or 12 month clinical AOA approved training program in Geriatric Medicine.

Instructions for Completing the Application Packet

Please read all of the website information on the dropdown “Directions and Information for Submitting Application” carefully before completing the application form.


General Description:

This examination will be a computer-based one-day examination consisting of multiple-choice questions of the "one best answer" type. There will be a total of 200 items on the examination which will be administered at 300 Prometric testing sites and will begin at 8:00 am and end at 1:00 pm. The Geriatric Medicine Examination will cover the broad aspects of geriatric medicine that internists caring for the elderly are expected to know. Clinical situations involving diagnosis, etiology, prognosis and natural history of disease and management will be stressed. Specific areas of emphasis in this examination will include:

Biology and physiology of aging; osteopathic principles and practice in the care of the elderly; demographics of aging; functional assessment of the elderly; ethical issues including life sustaining treatment and care near the end of life; abuse, neglect and inadequate care of the elderly; nutrition; psychosocial issues of the elderly; drug therapy and the elderly; interdisciplinary team management of the elderly; special care issues, which include psychiatric aspects, exercise, orthopedic problems, sexuality, sleep disorders, decubitus ulcers, alcohol and drug abuse, auditory disorders, chronic pain, oral cavity disorders, surgical and anesthesia concerns, falls and syncope, urinary incontinence and vision and cataracts; health care systems in geriatric medicine, including long-term care, policy and reimbursement and access to health care; legal issues in geriatrics medicine; rehabilitation of the elderly; diagnosis and treatment of medical diseases that require a modified approach to management of the elderly, including but not limited to disorders of the cardiovascular system, hypertension, peripheral vascular diseases, disorders of the genitourinary system, pulmonary diseases, disorders of the immune system, infections, cancer and hematologic conditions, neurologic diseases, endocrine disorders, osteoporosis, fractures, other diseases of bone, rheumatic diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, gynecological disorders and dermatological conditions.

There may be clinically oriented questions with case history data included. In some of these histories, the candidate may be asked to interpret visual material such as physiological data, electrocardiograms, and imaging studies used in caring for the geriatric patient.

Geriatric Medicine Blueprint

Content Area % on the Exam
Principles/Biology of Aging 7
Psycho-Social Issues/ Ethics 13
Drug therapy and pharmacokinetics 9
Special Care Issues 5
Rehabilitation 9
Cardiovascular disorders 11
Bone and joint disorders 5
Endocrine disorders 4
Dermatologic and allergic disorders 5
Genito-urinary/ Renal disorders 5
Hematology/Oncology disorders 4
Neurologic/Psychiatric disorders 8
Pulmonary disorders 5
Infectious disease 5
Gastrointestinal disorders 5
Total 100%

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