Purpose of Certification

The intent of the certification process is to provide assurance to the public that a certified autism medical specialist has met the Board’s approved credential requirements in the realms of education and experience, and that he/she has passed the Board’s certification examination.

The process includes an examination that is designed to assess the knowledge and skills that are requisite to the provision of high quality patient care in the specialty of biomedical treatment of the autism spectrum disorders.

Certification Overview

Eligibility Criteria. Eligibility criteria will be posted as early as the end of 2008. Basic requirements for all candidates include all the following:

  • Hold an MD or DO degree awarded from a school in the United States or abroad, recognized by a U.S. State or territory
  • And: also have a current unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. State or territory.
  • Have completed a residency in an acceptable area of clinical training, examples of which might include: Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, and Obstetrics/Gynecology, or an equivalent, OR
  • The Board may consider if you have completed a two-year minimum relevant accredited fellowship
  • And: Have at the time of application twenty-four or more months of current, continuous, and ongoing clinical activity that demonstrates the following: appropriate experience and practice of a substantial patient volume in the biomedical care of patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Training and experience requirements may in part be met by advanced training and education, an academic appointment, or clinical research in the field of autism spectrum disorders.

Although rigorous, the requirements have been designed to provide physicians with demonstrated knowledge and experience in autism spectrum disorders an avenue to become board certified as a specialist in the biomedical treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Overview Course. The US Autism & Asperger Association will be the site of an intensive Biomedical Clinician’s Course in Autism Spectrum Disorders, providing an in-depth, high-level review of the specialty of Autism Spectrum Disorders. It covers assessment, diagnosis and management of the ASD’s.

The Examination. The subject content of the certifying examination will emphasize material relevant to the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. The exam will be a proctored event, and the Board’s specific criteria, as on the application process, have to be met in order to sit for the exam.

Application and Fee Schedule. It is important that you file your application form as early as possible as seating will be limited. Payment of the examination fee must accompany your application. Before mailing your application, please review carefully the information and make sure that your application is complete and legible. When your application has been reviewed and accepted, you will be sent an acknowledgement/confirmation letter and your name will be entered into the pool of applicants who wish to sit for the exam. Acknowledgment of receipt of your application by the board does not guarantee that you will be given a seat for the exam, nor that you will automatically be or will become certified.

Maintaining certification.The AMAB has adopted a policy requiring that physicians who have achieved certification from the Board must maintain documentation of minimum levels ) of continuing education in the biomedical treatment of autism spectrum disorders in order to maintain certification.

Standards of certification are distinct from those of State licensure. Possession of a Board or Diplomate certificate does not indicate total qualification for practice privileges, nor does it imply exclusion of other physicians not so certified. The Board does not purport in any way to interfere with or limit the professional activities of any licensed physician or any of his/ her regular or legitimate activities.

The Board considers certification to be based upon a process, which includes components in the training and experience of the applicant, and the examination phase. It holds that the training and experience are of the utmost importance in preparing the physician in the theory and techniques of the biomedical assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. The applicants background should include one which is integrated and which draws from multiple paradigms.

Notes

Standards of certification are distinct from those of State licensure. Possession of a Board or Diplomate certificate does not indicate total qualification for practice privileges, nor does it imply exclusion of other physicians not so certified. The Board does not purport in any way to interfere with or limit the professional activities of any licensed physician or any of his/ her regular or legitimate activities.

The Board considers to be based upon a process, which includes the education phase, experience phase and examination phase. It holds that the education and training phase are of the utmost importance in preparing the physician in the theory and techniques of autism spectrum disorders. The most appropriate training is an organized course of study, based on a systematic curriculum that emphasizes an integrated medical autism curriculum from multiple paradigms.


 

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