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Information for the Subspecialty Certification Program in Infectious Disease

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

Certification in Infectious Disease is a program for certified internal medicine specialists, designed to recognize excellence among those who provide care in this subspecialty field. The program has two components:

A.     Satisfactory completion of two years of an AOA approved residency fellowship program in Infectious Disease.
B.     Successful performance on a comprehensive, one-day written/clinical examination.


Internists must be certified by the AOA, through the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine, in internal medicine and complete a 24-month AOA approved program in the subspecialty. The following documents must be submitted with the application:
A.     Copy of the fellowship training certificate(Must be submitted by August 1);
B.     Completion of the Program Director's report form by the subspecialty Program Director;
C.     ACOI/AOA approval of the subspecialty training must be verified before certification is completed. If you have received a letter from the ACOI or AOA stating your "Program is Complete" enclose a copy of that letter with your application.

General Description:

This examination will be a proctored one-day examination consisting of multiple-choice questions of the "one best answer" type and matching type items. There will be a total of 300 items on the examination. The Infectious Disease Subspecialty Examination will cover the broad aspects of infectious disease that internists practicing in infectious disease are expected to know. The major emphasis in this examination will be:

The various infectious diseases seen in the United States, as well as travelers from the tropical areas of the world including history, physical, laboratory studies, diagnosis and therapy; an understanding of antibiotics including indications, side effects, excretion and toxicity; laboratory workup for diagnosis of infectious disease agents including bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, serology and antibiotic drug levels.

Clinical situations involving diagnosis, etiology, prognosis and natural history of the disease, and management will be stressed. There will be clinically oriented questions with case history data included. In some of these case histories you may be asked to interpret visual material printed in the examination, which may include:

Body fluids with gram stains, acid fast stains, silver stains, direct fluorescent stain, and India ink stains; x-rays, CT scans, brain scans, tissue biopsy material, gross pathology specimens and physical findings.

Infectious Disease Blueprint

Content Area % on the Exam
Basic principles of Infectious Disease 4
Antimicrobial agents/antifungal/antiviral agents 12
Vaccines 2
Epidemiology 3
Infection control/nosocomial 3
Sepsis 4
Respiratory infections 4
FUO/fever 3
Gastrointestinal 4
Hepatitis and other infections of liver 4
Genitourinary infections 2
Cardiovascular infections 4
Central nervous system infections 5
Soft tissue infection 3
Bone and joint infection 2
Trauma/burn-related infections 1
Sexually transmitted diseases 4
Tuberculosis 4
Pathogens (specific microorganisms) 6
Helminthic/protozoan/spirochet/rickettsial organisms 10
Fungal infections 6
Laboratory testing 2
Total 100%

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