The Board Qualification Examination (Part 1) will be administered on Monday, May 14, 2018.
A second Board Qualification Examination (Part 1) will be offered to eligible candidates and will be administered on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
The Board Certification Examination (Part 2) will be administered on Friday, October 12, 2018.
The qualification and certification examinations will be offered at Pearson VUE testing centers nationally.
Applicants will receive instructions on how to book their appointments about 6-8 weeks before the exam date.
Appointment times and locations are based upon availability at the time of scheduling.
For general information and to look up test centers, please visit the Pearson VUE website at http://www.pearsonvue.com/abpmed/
Access Practice Questions for Qualification (Part 1) Examination
ABPM now has an app for iOS/Android devices which contains practice questions to help prepare for the Part 1 (Qualification) examination. To download the app, please search for ABPM in Apple iTunes or Google Play.
View a sample case from the ABPM Certification (Part 2) Examination
A powerpoint presentation is available to all candidates sitting for the Certification (Part 2) examination. Opening this link will allow candidates to view and navigate through a sample case. It is highly recommended that all candidates view this information to familiarize themselves with the examination process. This will be the only training available prior to the actual examination.
Important policy changes which may affect the 2018 examination cycle:
2018 marks the last year in which applicants with 2-years of CPME-approved residency training will be able to apply for the ABPM Examination process. Candidates without any status and without cases on file must pass case review and part 1 in 2018 to continue to part 2 of the certification process in 2018. Candidates who attempt both parts 1 and part 2 in 2018 and who pass part 1 only have the ability to attempt certification through 2020. No extensions will be granted thereafter.
Beginning in 2019 all applicants must have 3 years of approved residency training to be eligible to sit for the examinations.
New candidates with 36 months of CPME-approved residency training who completed their residency training in 2014 or prior will be given until the 2018 examination year to attempt board qualification (Part 1). If board qualification is obtained, these candidates may apply for board certification (Part 2) in 2019 only.
Candidates who do not attempt Part 1 by 2018 must apply and pass both Part 1 and Part 2 in 2019.
Candidates who meet these requirements but do not achieve board certification by 2018 will be granted an additional 4 years of access to the certification process, but must pass both Part 1 and 2 within the same examination year.
Failure to adhere to the above policy by the 2019 examination cycle will result in forfeiture of the individual's eligibility to participate in the examination process thereafter.
All candidates who completed their residency training in 2015 or thereafter must attempt board qualification within 5 years of completion of residency training. If board certification is not attained within the first 5 years, candidates may continue to apply for full certification (Part 1 and 2) for an additional 5 years,
BUT: in the second 5-year period, candidates must pass both Part 1 and Part 2 within the same examination year. Board qualified classification alone will not be conferred.
All candidates must achieve board certification with the ABPM within 10 years from the time of completion of residency training. New applications for examinations will not be accepted thereafter.