The Board Qualification Examination (Part 1) will be administered on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.
A second Board Qualification Examination (Part 1) will be offered to eligible candidates and will be administered on Thursday, September 12, 2019.
The Board Certification Examination (Part 2) will be administered on Monday, October 7, 2019.
The 2019 examination application will be available on November 16, 2018.
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 examination cycle. The application for the 2019 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. 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.
Candidates who attempted the 2018 board qualification examination and failed are still eligible to sit for the 2019 examination but must apply for both parts 1 and 2. Candidates who meet these requirements will be granted an additional 4 years of access to the certification process. Candidates will not be granted board qualification classification even if part 1 of the examination process is passed.
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.