Approval for admission to the examination is determined on the basis of a completed application and only the ABPM Board may officially make a determination of eligibility. No individual member of the Board is authorized to give an opinion on the admissibility of candidates, nor does the Board do preliminary credential reviews.
Certification in Preventive Medicine does not in itself confer legal qualifications, privileges, or license to practice medicine or the specialty of Preventive Medicine. Furthermore, The American Board of Preventive Medicine has never sought special privileges or recognition for physicians it has certified, either in their practice of the specialty or on the staff of hospitals or other institutions. Rather, the Board’s primary purposes are to pass judgment on the education, training, and knowledge of broadly competent and responsible practitioners of Preventive Medicine and to extend and support development of the specialty itself.
There are multiple pathways available to achieve board certification through the ABPM. Please choose a specialty or subspecialty to review available pathways and eligibility requirements.
Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
The certification process begins with an online application. Applications with appropriate fees can be found here.
Once the Board office receives your application, it will be processed and you will receive a receipt and checklist of missing documentation via email. You will receive regular updates via email as additional documentation is required or received at the Board office. Your application will be reviewed by the Board, and when all required documentation is provided, you will be notified of the status of your application. Your application will be either approved, pending (needs additional documentation), or not approved (does not fulfill requirements at this time). After your application is approved, you will receive instructions to contact NBME to select your examination site. The 2018 exam will be offered from October 15 – November 4 at Prometric Test Centers.
The term ‘board eligible’ has never been recognized by member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), including the ABPM, but the term continues to be used by credentialing organizations and others to recognize non-certified physicians as having equivalent status. In an effort to resolve this confusion for credentialers and patients, all member boards of the ABMS agreed to establish parameters under which non-certified physicians could actually be recognized as being board eligible and to further define the time limit for such board eligible status.
The ABPM has defined board eligibility as the first seven years after the completion of ACGME-accredited residency training in a Preventive Medicine specialty area. This policy became effective on January 1, 2012; therefore, the 7 year eligibility period began on January 1, 2012 for any physician who did their residency prior to the effective date of the policy. During the 7-year eligibility period, physicians must continue to meet all of the ongoing requirements to sit for the examination, such as the maintenance of a full, valid, and unrestricted license. After the 7-year eligibility period, beginning in 2019, the residency trained physician will lose the ability to refer to himself or herself as board eligible and will need to fulfill additional requirements before he or she will be allowed to sit for the examination.
Individuals who are beyond their 7 year period of eligibility must fulfill the following requirements before they will be allowed to take the certification examination: