Exam Dates to Remember
2021 Certification Exam
Application Deadline: Saturday, July 31, 2021
Exam Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
NEW Changes to the 2021 ABPM Examination Cycle
After much consideration, the Board has decided to discontinue the Qualification Exam (Part 1). Candidates will no longer be required to pass both the Qualification (Part 1) and Certification (Part 2) Exams. Instead, all candidates will be required to pass a two-part Certification Exam in order to achieve ABPM Board Certification.
The Certification Exam contains two separately scored sections:
- Didactic section consisting of 125 multiple choice questions
- Case section consisting of 9 clinical case scenarios
- Credit for passed sections is valid for the length of eligibility (during the first 8 years only)
- Candidates who fail a single section may retake that section on the next Spring Exam date. However, if a candidate fails both sections, they must wait until the Certification Exam is offered in the Fall of the following calendar year
For Board Qualified members:
- Board Qualified status will be retained until the member becomes Board Certified or Board Qualified status expires.
- The regular Part 2 Exam will be offered in both May and October until no further Board Qualified members remain.
Candidates completing PMSR or PMSR/RRA programs may sit for the Board Certification exam only at the conclusion of their final residency year.
- Candidates are granted Board Eligible status for 8 years upon completion of an approved CPME residency.
An additional 5 years of eligibility will be granted if certification is attempted but not achieved in the first 8 years. Candidates in this group must pass both sections of the Certification Exam in the same year to achieve certified status.
- For candidates who completed 36 months of eligible residency training prior to 2015:
Candidates who attempted board certification after 2012 and did not obtain board certification status will have access to the certification process through 2023 but must apply and pass both parts1 and 2 in the same examination year.
- For candidates who completed 24 months of eligible residency training:
Beginning in 2019 all applicants must have 3 years of approved residency training to be eligible to sit for the examinations.
ABPM Mobile App - An app for iOS/Android devices has been created which contains practice questions to help prepare for the didactic portion of the examination. To download the app, please search for ABPM in Apple iTunes or Google Play.
ACPM Review Text (3rd Edition) - This new edition brings all aspects of the practice of podiatric orthopedics and medicine into one easy to read and track volume. The Review Text comes as a single package of both print and online versions. Access to the online version will be activated as soon as your order is received. Purchase here!
Sample Cases - In an effort to help prepare you for your upcoming exam, ABPM has created sample case scenarios that are now available to all candidates. The practice cases will familiarize prospective test takers with the Pearson VUE platform and provide an example of what can be expected during the case portion of any of our ABPM exams. Please note you DO NOT need to log in to Pearson VUE to access the sample case. Simply, click here and the ABPM Sample Exam will be located on the lower right-hand corner of the webpage. Lastly, the answer key is available at the end so be sure to keep track of your answers as you work through the sample case.