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Resident Physicians Training Recognition Recognition of PGY2+

Recognition of PGY2+

Step-by-step guide

For DOs who completed non-ACGME residency or fellowship training

By providing documentation from your residency or fellowship program, you can obtain AOA recognition for ACGME training.

If you completed your residency or fellowship training in an ACGME-accredited program you’ll need to obtain AOA training recognition if you plan to become AOA board certified. The process differs slightly depending on whether you are seeking recognition for residency training or fellowship training.

The two-step process is outlined below. If your PGY1 year was in an ACGME program, you must also apply to have your PGY1 year recognized by the AOA.


1. Submit an application for training recognition

The first step of applying for training recognition is submitting the online application for AOA recognition of PGY2 and Fellowship training.


2. Ask your program to submit an official verification letter

Your residency or fellowship training verification letter must be submitted by your program directly to the AOA. The letter must also:

  • Be written on institutional letterhead and include the date and the training program’s 10-digit accreditation number.

  • List your specialty, along with the exact start and end dates of your residency or fellowship training.

  • Include the title and signature of the program director.

Letters must come directly from your program via mail, email postdoc@osteopathic.org or fax 312-202-8375. Letters from applicants will not be accepted. View a template letter.


Resolution 56

For more information about how ABMS boarded DOs can become certified through Resolution 56, refer to Resolution 56 Certification Eligibility for ABMS-Certified DOs.

Additional questions? We are here to help! Contact us at postdoc@osteopathic.org.

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