Next Pain Re-Entry Exam

September 28, 2024

ABPMR Pain Medicine Re-Entry Examination

Getting Back on Track

In 2022, Longitudinal Assessment for Pain Medicine (LA-Pain) replaced the Continuing Certification (CC) Examination as the primary assessment requirement for continuing certification. Although the CC examination remained an option through 2023, beginning in 2024 and beyond, LA-Pain is the sole option for the continuing certification assessment requirement.

Now, the Pain Medicine Re-Entry examination is available to those diplomates who do not meet the LA-Pain performance standard or whose certification is expired. The Re-Entry Examination is based on the blueprint and difficulty level of the initial certification examination taken following the completion of Fellowship training.

The Exam

  • 200 Questions
  • Two 2-hour sections
  • One 20-minute break between sections
  • 4 hours active testing + tutorial and break


Eligibility to Take the Pain Re-Entry Examination

Longitudinal Assessment for Pain Medicine (LA-Pain) is a learning platform designed to assess your knowledge, provide immediate feedback, help you identify knowledge gaps, and link to resources to help you learn and improve over time.

The Pain Medicine Re-Entry Examination is intended to be a way to regain certification should your certification expire because of not meeting the LA-Pain Performance Standard.

You are eligible to apply for the Pain Medicine Re-Entry Examination if your Pain Medicine certification is currently expired.

The examination is offered biannually in late winter, and late summer/early fall. Passing the examination counts for your previous five-year continuing certification requirement. If you pass the Re-Entry Examination, your certification will be reinstated, and you will be valid for another five-year cycle.

What to Expect on Exam Day

After applying for the Pain Medicine Re-Entry Examination, it is time to start preparing.

Click the link below for more information on registering for the exam and the logistics of exam day.

Pain Re-Entry Exam Day

Exam Dates & Fees

Application Windows & Fees

May 7 - July 14, 2024

  • $1400 Fee

July 15 - August 1, 2024

  • $1400 Fee
  • $500 Late Fee



Exam Date

September 28, 2024