Professionalism goes beyond maintaining an active, unrestricted license to practice medicine. It also means prioritizing patient needs, staying current in your field, and holding to the highest ethical standards.
Board Director News
Welcome, Dr Johns
The ABPMR recently elected Jeffery Johns MD to be its newest board director; his first term will begin on August 1, 2018. Click through to read more about how his substantial experience in PM&R and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine will make him a valuable addition to the Board of Directors. Welcome, Dr Johns!Read More
A Seat at the Table
Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez says that by positioning her as an expert in the field, her Brain Injury Medicine certification has opened doors of opportunity. After reading her story, apply for the BIM Exam today; the regular application deadline is March 15, 2018.Read Dr. Verduzco-Gutierrez's Story
New PIP Options
A Suite of New PIP Tools
We just released three new tools to help diplomates improve their medical practices: A PIP decision tool, eight new Guided PIP topics, and a new submission platform.Read More
NEW PIP OPTION
Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition for MOC Part IV
“We are pleased to bring another MOC innovation to our diplomates and, similar to other efforts across the MOC Program, grant MOC credit for work in which our physicians are already engaged," says Carolyn Kinney MD, ABPMR executive director.Read More
A Look at ABPMR Finances: Context and Guiding Principles
The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and its board of directors acknowledges the financial investment required of PM&R physicians to gain and maintain their board certification, and for this reason, the ABPMR is also dedicated to fiscal stewardship, including controlling costs and improving transparency.Read More
BRAIN INJURY MEDICINE
BIM Temporary Criteria (Practice Track) Extended Through 2022
ABPMR diplomates can now apply to take the Brain Injury Medicine Examination via a practice pathway through 2022, thanks to an extension granted by ABMS.Read More
Is your doctor certified?
When you need to put your health into a professional’s hands, you want to be confident in your physician’s evaluation, advice, and treatment plan. One of the best ways to be assured you’re getting good care is to choose a doctor who is board certified.
For Our Diplomates
Making Maintenance of Certification Matter
The ABPMR Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program helps you keep your knowledge current, your practice improving, and your clinical skills sharp throughout your career — but it’s not really about you. It’s about your patients. When applied to your practice effectively, MOC helps you continue raising the bar of excellence in patient care.
Lifelong Learning & Self-Assessment
Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are the backbone of the MOC Program. By completing about 40 CME credits a year, including 8 Self-Assessment CME credits, you’re ensuring your clinical knowledge is always current.
The once-every-10-years MOC Examination assesses the knowledge of established physiatrists in a 160-question test. The exam is intended as a “check-in” point each decade to ensure competency standards continue to be met.
The practice improvement project (PIP) is a chance to demonstrate the steps you’ve taken to continually improve for your patients — and to give you the tools to measure and quantify that improvement. (Tip: This requirement may be more straightforward than you think.)
Your Roadmap to Certification
You've already been on this journey for years - but you're just getting to the starting line for becoming certified in PM&R.
Board certification matters to your patients, your colleagues, and to the field. It gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, skills, leadership, and experience. When you get your official ABPMR certificate stating you’re a diplomate, you’ll know that all the hard work leading to this point has paid off. Once you reach the end of residency, your certification journey begins. The ABPMR is here to give you a roadmap to make it to your destination successfully.
We're Here To Help
At the ABPMR, we know you need specific information for your employer, but every ABMS member board and every state licensing board has a slightly different way of doing things. We want to make your job easier.
Search Our Physician Database
Our Physician Verification Tool can help you find the information you need quickly to verify certification and more.
Review Certification Requirements
To stay current, we’ve updated and expanded our certification requirements. You can get the specifics here.
Review Subspecialty Requirements
Starting in 2014, we dropped the requirement to maintain primary certification. You can get all the specifics here.
Questions? Contact Us
We are here to make your job easier. Can’t find what you need? We can help. Give us a call or send us an email.