Subspecialty Continuing Certification

Subspecialty Certification: Exam Requirement for CC

If you are certified in an ABPMR subspecialty, there is a separate examination required to maintain your subspecialty certification. This is the only part of the ABPMR Continuing Certification (CC) Program that doesn’t have reciprocity — meaning that if you meet the requirements for professionalism, lifelong learning, and quality improvement for primary certification, those activities also count for maintaining your subspecialty certification(s).

The ABPMR is exploring the use of longitudinal assessment for its subspecialty assessment requirement, but these plans, IT infrastructure, customer service support, and item banks take time to develop. We hope to have more information on longitudinal assessment for subspecialties in the next few years.

Brain Injury Medicine Examination for CC


Application Deadlines & Fees

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Exam Dates

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The Exam
  • 280 questions
  • Two 3.5-hour sections
  • One 60-minute break between sections
  • 7 hours active testing + tutorial and break(s)

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Examination for CC

The ABPMR no longer offers HPM (Hospice and Palliative Medicine) as a subspecialty certification. All HPM diplomates now apply and certify for HPM through the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Current HPM diplomates will receive a new HPM certificate and details of certification requirements from the ABIM in early 2022; if you are a current or future HPM fellow in training you may apply for your HPM certification with the ABIM. Please see more details of this transition here.

Neuromuscular Medicine Examination for CC


Application Windows & Fees
On-Time

November 15, 2021 - December 31, 2021

  • $1200 Fee
  • $600 Processing Fee
Late

January 1 - January 16, 2022

  • $1200 Fee
  • $600 Processing Fee
  • $500 Late Fee

$1,800

$2,300


Exam Dates

April 25 - April 29, 2022

The Exam
  • 150 questions
  • 3 sections
  • No break
  • 3 hour active testing + tutorial

Pain Medicine for CC


Application Windows & Fees
On-Time

February 1 - March 15, 2022

  • $1400 Fee
  • $600 Processing Fee
Late

March 16 - April 1, 2022

  • $1400 Fee
  • $600 Processing Fee
  • $500 Late Fee

$2,000

$2,500


Exam Dates

September 17 - October 1, 2022

The Exam
  • 200 questions
  • Two 2-hour sections
  • 20-minute break between sections
  • 4 hour active testing + tutorial and break(s)
Longitudinal Assessment

Starting in 2020, Pain Medicine diplomates will be able to use Longitudinal Assessment for Pain Medicine to fulfill the exam requirement. If your certificate expires in 2020 or later, please contact the board office before you apply.

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Examination for CC


Application Windows & Fees
On-Time

February 1 - March 15, 2022

  • $1400 Fee
  • $600 Processing Fee
Late

March 16 - April 1, 2022

  • $1400 Fee
  • $600 Processing Fee
  • $500 Late Fee

$2,000

$2,500


Exam Date

November 3, 2022

The Exam
  • 300 questions
  • Two 3.5-hour sections
  • 60-minute break between sections
  • 7 hour active testing + tutorial and break

Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Examination for CC


Application Windows & Fees
On-Time

February 1 - March 15, 2022

  • $1400 Fee
  • $600 Processing Fee
Late

March 16 - April 1, 2022

  • $1400 Fee
  • $600 Processing Fee
  • $500 Late Fee

$2,000

$2,500


Exam Date

November 3, 2022

The Exam
  • 280 questions
  • Two 3.5-hour sections
  • 60-minute break between sections
  • 7 hour active testing + tutorial and break

Sports Medicine Examination for CC


Application Windows & Fees
On-Time

February 1 - March 15, 2022

  • $1400 Fee
  • $600 Processing Fee
Late

March 16 - April 1, 2022

  • $1400 Fee
  • $600 Processing Fee
  • $500 Late Fee

$2,000

$2,500


Exam Dates

July 12 - July 16, 2022

The Exam
  • 200 questions
  • Two 2-hour sections
  • 15-minute break between sections
  • 4 hour active testing + tutorial and break