The Board Qualification Examination (Part 1) will be administered on Friday, May 26, 2017.
The Board Certification Examination (Part 2) will be administered on Monday, October 23, 2017.
The 2017 examination application deadline was March 22nd. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 examination cycle. The application for the 2018 examination cycle will be available in November of this year.
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 in 2017. 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.
Below are some new policy changes which take effect with the 2016 examination cycle:
All candidates with 24 months of CPME approved residency training must achieve board certified status by passing Part 1 (qualification examination) and Part 2 (certification examination) of the examination process by the end of the 2018 examination year.
New candidates who completed their residency training prior to 2014 with 36 months of CPME approved residency training will be given until the 2018 examination year to do so. Failure to attempt board qualification during or before the 2018 examination cycle will result in forfeiture of the individual's eligibility to participate in the examination process thereafter.
Candidates who attempt the qualification examination by 2018 but do not pass will be granted an additional five years, with the following stipulation:
candidates who have not achieved certification by 2018 must pass both Part 1 and 2 within the same examination year. Board qualified classification will not be conferred.
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 status is not achieved 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 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.