CAQ: Occupational Medicine

Current Occ Med Basic Course Offerings

About the Certificate of Added Qualification in Occupational & Environmental Medicine 

The Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Occupational & Environmental Medicine represents credentialing in the field of medicine. The CAQ is approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) through established criteria and a written exam administered by the American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine (AOBPM).

Eligibility

  • Be a graduate of a COCA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine
  • Satisfactorily complete at least 100 hours of AOA-approved CME within the last five years in occupational medicine. At a minimum, 50 hours will be Category 1. Alternatively, show successful completion of the American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine’s Occupational Medicine Basic Course or comparable review course.
  • Maintain general certification through any AOA-approved primary specialty board.
  • Hold an unrestricted license to practice in a state or territory.
  • Adhere to the AOA Code of Ethics.

FAQ's

  • Can MD's be certified?  Yes, more details forthcoming!
  • What if I took an allopathic residency?  As long as you have a primary board certification through an Osteopathic Board, you are eligible to get the CAQ.  You can gain primary AOA board certification if you are certified through and ABMS board without additional testing or costs if you are an AOA member, and for a nominal fee if you are not.  https://certification.osteopathic.org/abms-reciprocity/
  • What if I am board certified by an MD board, but not a DO (AOA Osteopathic) board?  To get AOA board certified, simply apply for reciprocity, using your MD board certification to get your DO board certification.  

CAQ & Certification

Note 10/22/2021:  The Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS) Standards Review committee (SRC) is currently reviewing the CAQ in Occupational Medicine; however, 

Any changes to the Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Occupational Medicine that will be made by the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS) Standards Review committee (SRC) will not affect those physicians who are currently enrolled in the Occupational Medicine Basic Course. That means that the those physicians taking the Occupational Medicine Basic Course now, will still be eligible to get the Occupational Medicine CAQ under the current eligibility and requirements as listed in the American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine web site:  https://certification.osteopathic.org/preventive-medicine/certification-process/occupational-medicine/certification-exam/
Daniel K. Berry, DO, PhD
Chair, American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine

 

For more information and eligibility requirements for a CAQ:  certification.osteopathic.org/preventive-medicine/certification-process/occupational-medicine

or full board certification: Primary Certification in Occupational/Environmental Medicine - American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine

You may also contact:

Certification Director:  Karissa Delgado
  • American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AOBPM&R)
  • American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine (AOBPM)
  • Correctional Medicine
  • Pain Medicine
  • Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

312-202-8229
[email protected]

142 E. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2864
Phone: (888) 62-MYAOA (888-626-9262)
Email: [email protected]
Fax: (312) 202-8229
 

Preparing for the CAQ

To prepare for the CAQ examination, it is recommended that in addition to completing a Basic Course in Occupational Medicine, the applicant contact the AOBPM for a list of study materials. 

Also, AOCOPM offers a downloadable Basic Course Review Primer.