Board Eligible Policy

Effective in 2019:

Upon successful completion of an ACGME-accredited residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, the candidate has 5 years to complete the process to become Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS). If not completed successfully within 5 years, the candidate is no longer eligible for initial board certification. To become eligible again, the candidate must sumbit a Re-Application for Eligibility.

The initial elibility period for individuals who completed otolaryngology-head and neck surgery training from an ACGME-accredited residency program before July 1, 2013 terminated on January 1, 2019. These individuals can submit a Re-Application for Eligibiity up to January 1, 2021.

Please click HERE for Eligibility Requirements for Individuals Completing Otolaryngology Training in Canada

Effective: July 1, 2012

Residents entering otolaryngology training on or after July 1, 2013 will be termed board eligible upon successful completion of training. If these individuals do not become board certified by the end of the fifth annual exam cycle following residency completion, they are no longer termed board eligible.

Individuals who completed otolaryngology training before July 1, 2013 will be termed board eligible until January 1, 2019 by which time they must have become board certified.

Please contact Brittany Espinoza at for more information.

Exam Policy

The use of written notes or reference material of any kind, including electronic media, is prohibited, as is making written notes of the contents of the test booklets. The examination is confidential, copyrighted material under the 1976 copyright act, and the unauthorized possession, reproduction, recording, discussion, or disclosure of any material, or answers before, during, or after the examination is prohibited. Such actions may be sufficient cause for the ABOHNS to terminate participation in the examination, to invalidate the results of the examination, to withhold examination scores, to bar a candidate permanently from all future examinations, or take other appropriate action.

You are NOT permitted to bring personal items (briefcases, backpacks, purses, books, PDAs, pagers, copying devices, cell phones, smart watches, pens, and pencils) into the exam room. No food or drinks are allowed in the examination room. You will be allowed to take your ID and the key for your locker into the exam room.