How many physicians have been certified by ABPM?
ABPM has certified over 2,300 physicians as of January 2017.
How often is the examination administered?

In 2017 and beyond, both examinations will be given ONCE annually, in April.

When and where is the next exam?
Both the Certification and American Board of Pain Medicine MOC® examinations will be administered in April, 2017.  ABPM will post 2018 application materials later this summer.

When is information available for the next exam?
2017 Certification and American Board of Pain Medicine MOC® application materials are now available for informational purposes, as the 2017 application period is now closed. To download the materials in PDF format, visit www.abpm.org/ce. The 2018 materials will be posted later this summer, around mid-July 2017.

What are the requirements to sit for the exam?
The requirements are published in the 2017 Bulletin of Information, which can be accessed by clicking here.  The 2018 Bulletin of Information is still in development.
How much is the exam?
The Certification Exam cost is $1,780 if received by the early filing deadline and $2,080 if received by the final filing deadline. 

The American Board of Pain Medicine MOC® Exam cost is $1,350 if received by the early filing deadline and $1,550 by the final filing deadline.  
The deadlines for both examinations for the 2018 administration are outlined below.

Early Filing     

September 11, 2017  - CERTIFICATION AND MOC            

FINAL Filing

October 10, 2017 - CERTIFICATION AND MOC

What is the pass rate for the exam?
It varies, but overall, the pass rate is in the 80% range.
When does the certification expire?

All Diplomates who certified in 1999 and after hold a time limited certificate that lasts for 10 years.  Diplomates may recertify within 7 to 10 years after their last Examination.

It is the Diplomate's responsibility to keep ABPM informed of current and accurate contact information.

No certification extensions will be granted.

In the event that certification status lapses, the former Diplomate can only regain certified status by applying for the certification exam, meeting all applicable criteria, and successfully completing the certification examination.

Is there a list of references available?

The Bulletin of Information has a list of references that can be helpful in preparing for the exam. The list is also available on the website: click here.

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