In-Training Examinations

Benefits of Taking the ABPM ITE Examination

Benefits of taking the ABPM ITE Examination:

  • 80% of candidates who take the ABPM In-Training Exams perform better than non-ITE takers on their ABPM Board Certification exam.
  • Assesses clinical knowledge with detailed reporting on each subject area, providing clear opportunities for knowledge gap remediation, leading to better outcomes for the resident and Residency Director or Coordinator.
  • Case review questions and multiple-choice are written in a manner that reflects the format of ABPM’s Board Certification exam, allowing ITE Candidates to better prepare themselves for eventual board certification with ABPM.

In-Training Examinations (ITEs) are an important aspect of a physician’s residency training period and are a common feature of allopathic and osteopathic medical training; these exams are often administered by the certifying boards for their respective specialties. All residents are required to take at least one year of their In Training Exams offered by a CPME-recognized certifying board, per CPME 320/330.

How do I register for the ABPM ITE?

Podiatric residents are registered for the ABPM ITE exam by their Residency Director or Coordinator via Podiatric Residency Resource (PRR). Residents do not sign themselves up.

How do I learn more about Podiatry Residency Resource (PRR)?

For more information on PRR, visit the website, or contact PRR Support Services/Development at 415.553.7810 or by email at

Speak to your Residency Director or Coordinator to Register for ITEs

All candidates can only be registered by their Residency Director or Coordinator through Podiatry Residency Resource (PRR). Residency Directors or Coordinators must register their residents via PRR by January 1, 2024.

Registration Steps via Podiatry Residency Resource (PRR)

  • Your Residency Director or Coordinator will register you for your ITE Examination via PRR. An account will be created automatically for you. Once your Residency Director or Coordinator has registered you though PRR you will receive an email from PRR with login information. Use this information to login to your PRR account and complete your profile. Please be sure to provide a current email address that you will have access to throughout your residency training and after. ABPM needs this information to disseminate scheduling and reporting information to you.
  • Wait for an email from Pearson VUE and ABPM with authorization information, instructions, the link, and ID numbers needed to schedule your ITE Exam with Pearson Vue.

Where is the In-training Exam offered?

The In-training Examination will be offered at Pearson VUE testing centers nationally or via Online Proctoring. Appointment times and locations are based upon availability at the time of scheduling. For general information and to look up a test center, please visit the ABPM portal on the Pearson VUE website.

For Online Proctoring, please see the Online Proctoring requirements on the Pearson VUE website. Approximately 80% of residents choose online proctoring, allowing them the convenience of taking the exam from their hospital.*

*If you choose to take the exam from your hospital, check with your IT Team to ensure that the hospital firewall will not block the Pearson Vue program.

How to Schedule Your ITE Exams with Pearson VUE:

Residents will receive email with scheduling information beginning November 1st.

Wait for your scheduling email from ABPM containing your Candidate ID. Please follow the prompts in the email to begin the process of scheduling your ITE Exams.

Cancellation and Rescheduling:

Exams must be cancelled more than 48 hours prior to the registered appointment date.

Exams must be rescheduled more than 48 hours prior to the registered appointment date.

A candidate may go online or call the Pearson VUE call center more than 48 hours in advance of the appointment date, to select another time/date/location.

ABPM reserves the right to recoup, at its discretion, a $50 in rescheduling fee incurred by No Shows from residents who fail to cancel or reschedule their exam appointment less than 48 hours before the exam date.

The next In-training Examinations are being administered:

For ITE 1 and 2: February 5-26, 2024
For ITE 3 and 4: February 12-17, 2024

Exam Format & Contents

The In-Training Exam 1 & 2:

There are two sections, 165 minutes each, in the exam. Section One consists of 100 multiple choice questions and Section Two consists of 50 multiple choice questions and 2 case scenarios.

The In-Training Exam 3 & 4:

There are two sections, 165 minutes each. The exam consists of 100 multiple questions and two case scenarios. Case review questions and multiple-choice questions are written at the level of Board Certification Examinations, allowing ITE candidates to better prepare themselves for eventual board certification with ABPM.

Exam Contents

In-Training Exams for all residents will evaluate knowledge and clinical experience in following subject areas:

Podiatric Medicine
  • Pathomechanics: Interpretation of a biomechanical and gait exam, Orthotics and Prosthetics, Footwear/Pedorthics
  • Podopediatrics
  • Podiatric trauma & sports medicine
Medical Imaging
  • Plain radiography
  • Advanced imaging (nuclear imaging, CT, MRI, PET, bone densitometry)
  • Diagnostic ultrasound
  • Vascular imaging and diagnostics
  • Laboratory studies: Hematology, blood chemistries, coagulation studies, urinalysis, Serology/immunology, synovial fluid analysis, Toxicology/Drug screens, Blood gas analysis, Microbiology
  • Anatomic and cellular pathology
Public Health
  • Behavioral Science: Professionalism (legal and ethical obligations), Research and biostatistics, Addiction medicine
Internal Medicine and Medical Subspecialties
  • Endocrinology, Cardiology & Pulmonology, Critical Care, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Hematology & Oncology
  • Infectious disease, Systemic, Lower extremity (soft tissue and bone infection), Nephrology, Neurology, Electrodiagnostic studies, CNS disorders, PNS disorders, Rheumatology, Dermatology, General dermatology, Lower extremity dermatology, Pain management, Physical medicine and rehabilitation
Wound Care
  • Evaluation, Principles (including debridement, offloading, dressings), Adjunctive therapies (including NPWT and HBOT)
Emergency Medicine
  • General emergencies, Lower extremity emergencies
  • Perioperative evaluation and risk assessment, Local anesthesia, General, spinal, and regional anesthesia, Conscious sedation
Podiatric Surgery
  • Surgical indications, Identification and management of complications
General Surgery and Subspecialties
  • Perioperative management, General surgery principles, Vascular surgery principles, Plastic surgery principles, Orthopedic surgery principles