The 2017 examination will be offered 7 days a week, from Monday, October 16 through Sunday, November 5, 2017. Examinations will be administered via computer-based testing at Prometric Test Centers across the United States. Examinations will also be offered at international Prometric locations; specific international locations to be determined.
(Aerospace Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Public Health and General Preventive Medicine)
The specialty examination consists of two components: the core component and a specialty component. These components are split into two separate testing sessions and may be scheduled on the same day or on different days within the examination period. Each component begins with a 15-minute tutorial and consists of 150 multiple-choice test items, divided into three 1-hour blocks, administered in three-hour and thirty-minute testing sessions.
The questions in the core component cover the basics of Preventive Medicine including epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and health services management and administration; as well as basic content in the three specialty areas of Aerospace Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. The questions in the specialty component pertain specifically to the specialty area.
During the defined time to complete the items in each block, you may answer the items in any order, review your responses, and change answers. After you exit the block, or when time expires, you can no longer review test items or change answers in that block.
Each component of the examination is scored separately and both components of the examination must be passed to achieve certification. Examinees who fail one component of the examination, may retake just the component that was failed at the next offering of the examination. This policy applies only to the next examination offering; if an examinee does not pass the component at the next examination offering, taking both components of the examination will be required on future attempts.
(Addiction Medicine, Clinical Informatics, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine)
Subspecialty examinations begin with a 15-minute tutorial and consist of 200 multiple-choice test items, divided into four 1-hour blocks, administered in a single four-hour and thirty-minute testing session.
Board examination questions are all multiple choice, best single answer with four possible responses. The question may contain a clinical vignette, an experimental or epidemiological observation, a definition or classification, an administrative problem, an application of a principle or regulation, or any situation which might be faced by a specialist in practice. All questions are weighted equally. Candidates will find it of advantage to answer all questions, and there is no penalty for an incorrect answer, i.e., wrong answers are not subtracted from right answers and there is no advantage in leaving a question unanswered.
The results of the certifying examination will be e-mailed to candidates in early January. Candidates will not be notified by telephone, therefore please do not call the Board office for examination results.
Upon application approval, eligible candidates will be notified via email, of their eligibility to sit for the examination and invited to register and pay for their examination on the ABPM website.
Scheduling for the 2017 exam will be conducted through the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and the Prometric scheduling systems. Within 7-10 days after eligible candidates register and pay for their examination through the ABPM website, instructions to access scheduling permits are sent via email.
This scheduling permit, and the information contained in it, is required to schedule examinations through Prometric, and for admission to the testing area on the day of the scheduled exam. Please verify this information prior to scheduling your appointment.
The scheduling permit will contain the following information:
*PLEASE NOTE: If a candidate is required to sit for both the core and specialty component of a specialty examination (Aerospace, Occupations, Public Health and General Preventive Medicine), 2 separate scheduling permits will be issued with different Scheduling Numbers and Candidate IDs.
Required documents for admission to the testing area include:
The first and last names on your identification must exactly match the names on your permit. The only acceptable difference would be the presence of a middle name, middle initial or suffix on one document and its absence on the other. Please contact the ABPM immediately (ABPM@theabpm.org), if the name on your permit is misspelled or differs from your name as it appears on your identification. Name changes or corrections cannot be made within 7 business days of your scheduled testing appointment.
Candidates will be required to sign their Examination Registration Forms acknowledging that they have read the ABPM Cheating Policy.
The ABPM Exam Content Outlines are available here.
The Board neither gives examination review courses nor endorses any such courses given by various groups. Contact the Director of Education, American College of Preventive Medicine, 202-466-2044 (Washington, DC) for information on general review courses or the Director of Education at the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 847-818-1800 (Elk Grove Village, IL) for information on Occupational Medicine review courses.