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:
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 prior to 2014 will be given until the 2018 examination year to attempt board qualification. Failure to attempt board qualification by 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 alone 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 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.