Appeal Policy

Section 1. Right of Appeal
If a candidate feels that the actions of the AOBEM, with regard to any part of the examination, constitute unequal application of the policies and procedures or standards, unwarranted discrimination, prejudice, unfairness of improper conduct of the examination, the applicant has the right to appeal to the AOBEM.

Section 2. Appeal Timeframe
All appeals must be made in writing to the Board and must be received within 24 hours of completion of the examination. If the deadline is not met, no further appeal is permitted.

Section 3. Levels of Appeal
If the candidate is not satisfied with the results of an appeal before this Specialty Certifying Board, the applicant has the right to further appeal to the BOS and the AOA Board of Trustees.

Section 4. Limitation
Appeals disputing the content of any written or oral exam are not permitted and will not be accepted.

Section 5. AOBEM Appeals Policy
The American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine is committed to assuring that aggrieved candidates for certification have access to an appeal process to address concerns regarding all certification and recertification examinations and other decisions of the AOBEM. In accordance with the policies of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), candidates for certification may appeal decisions of the AOBEM to the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS). Thereafter, where necessary, candidates may appeal the decision of the BOS to the Board of Trustees. Before pursuing an appeal with the AOA, candidates for certification from the AOBEM shall first appeal decisions related to any examination to the AOBEM as set forth in the following policy.

  1. Scope of Appeal
    1. Appealable Issues. Candidates may appeal to the AOBEM to raise concerns relative to the examination's administration (i.e., alleged bias/prejudice/unfairness of the exam or of a member of an examination team or failure to follow established examination procedures).
    2. Non-Appealable Issues. The AOBEM will not consider appeals based on examination content, sufficiency or accuracy of answers given to examination questions, scoring of the examination, scoring of answers to individual questions, and/or the determination of the minimum passing score.
  2. Procedure for Appeal
    1. Appeal Request Form. In order to appeal concerning the examination, a candidate must set forth the basis for the appeal on an Appeal Request Form and submit the form to the chairman of the AOBEM. The appellant must submit the completed Appeal Request Form to the board within 24 hours of conclusion of exam.
    2. Late Appeals. All appeals submitted after the 24 hour deadline for exams will be denied.
    3. Evaluation of Appeal. Each appeal submitted on an Appeal Request Form will be considered by the AOBEM. A majority vote of the Board will determine whether the AOBEM accepts or denies the appeal.
    4. Decision to Deny Appeal. If the initial appeal is denied by the AOBEM, the candidate shall have the right to appeal to the AOA. Candidates interested in appealing the AOA should contact the American Osteopathic Association, Department of Education, Division of Certification, at 142 E. Ontario, Chicago IL 60611.
To file an appeal, please complete and submit the following form: