Learning Over a Lifetime
The guiding principle of the ABPMR Continuing Certification (CC) Program is to foster excellence in patient care by encouraging, stimulating, and supporting physiatrists’ continuing education over a lifetime of practice in PM&R. The ABPMR strives to be diplomates’ partner in professionalism by providing access to the tools necessary for ongoing learning and improvement over time.
Goals of CC
Improving our practice, enriching our patients' lives
Based on the Core Competencies set by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the ABPMR CC Program is designed to:
Foster excellence in patient care
Ease diplomates into a continuous program of lifelong learning and periodic testing
Demonstrate that physicians are maintaining their knowledge and skills over time
Document physicians' ongoing efforts to meet the requirements of certification in PM&R and keep current in the specialty
Provide assurance to the public that ABPMR diplomates maintain and continually improve their knowledge and skills in physiatry
CC PROGRAM PARTICIPATION AND FEE
Who Participates in CC, and What’s the Fee?
The ABPMR implemented its Maintenance of Certification Program in 1993. Since then, there have been a few major changes to the program as the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) implemented and updated standards for all member boards. The most recent change is the implementation of the ABPMR Continuing Certification (CC) Program starting in 2021.
All ABPMR diplomates certified in 1993 and later are required to participate in all parts of the CC Program. In addition, any ABPMR diplomate holding any ABPMR subspecialty certificate is required to participate in all parts of the CC Program for that subspecialty.
The current annual CC program fee is $200, which helps to cover the cost of administering, innovating, and providing customer service related to the CC Program. The ABPMR is currently evaluating our cost for LA PM&R, including ongoing development of questions and supporting the program; for now, LA-PM&R access is included in the $200 CC program fee. Within the next two years, ABPMR will set new fees in line with costs to run the program.
The requirements for your CC Program are based on the year you were certified or recertified. Find out more below.
Your CC Program
When you pass the ABPMR Part II Examination, you've earned your primary certification in PM&R and are automatically enrolled in the Continuing Certification (CC) Program. But because the program has evolved since its inception in 1993, ABPMR CC Program requirements vary based on the year you were certified or recertified.
Certificates issued in 2020 and later
CC Requirements – Certificates issued 2012-2019
CC Requirements – Certificates issued before 2012