The ABPMR is making adjustments to exam application schedules, exam dates, and policies in response to COVID-19. For more information, click this link.
March 24, 2020 - Primary Certification

ABPMR COVID-19 Updates

The ABPMR is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our priority is the safety of our candidates, diplomates, and the public. Bookmark this article and check back for regular updates as we have them.

COVID-19 Resources

March 24, 2020: Extension of LA-PM&R Quarter 1 Deadline
Recognizing the tremendous burden physicians are being asked to carry during this global crisis, the ABPMR is extending the LA-PM&R Q1 deadline to June 30, 2020. LA-PM&R users, you will see the new deadline reflected on your CertLink dashboard within the next week.

If you’ve already finished your Q1 questions, you will not receive new questions until after June 30. The ABPMR is discussing how to handle the rest of 2020 in LA-PM&R; those discussions are fluid as we continue to monitor rapid developments related to COVID-19. Our goal is to continue to provide learning opportunities for those who have time, but also ease the burden on physicians on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle.

March 24, 2020: Exam Application Deadline Extensions
The ABPMR had a number of examination application deadlines set for the end of March 2020. Understanding that many physicians are currently attending to more pressing matters related to COVID-19, we are extending current deadlines for an additional month for these examinations:

  • Brain Injury Medicine
  • Neuromuscular Medicine
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
  • Sports Medicine

And for:

  • Longitudinal Assessment for PM&R (LA-PM&R) 2020
  • Longitudinal Assessment for Pain Medicine (LA-Pain) 2020

For more details on the new application deadlines, visit our Exam Calendar; to apply/enroll for these examinations or assessments, please sign in and visit the Assessment Center.

March 16, 2020: ABPMR Staff Working Remotely
In order to protect our staff, the ABPMR office is closed until further notice. All staff members are working remotely at this time and committed to continue our reputation of providing exceptional customer service, but we appreciate your understanding as process times may take longer than usual.

March 13, 2020: Considerations for Subspecialty Examinations and the Part II Examination
The ABPMR acknowledges there may be issues with overlapping examination dates or inability to sit for subspecialty examinations due to the unusually late date of the Part II Examination. Our team is currently exploring various options to make accommodations given these extraordinary circumstances, including working directly with administering boards for the Neuromuscular Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pain Medicine, and Sports Medicine Examinations. No specific plans have been determined at this time, but we will update this article with any developments.

March 13, 2020: ABPMR Postpones 2020 Part II Examination
The ABPMR has postponed the 2020 Part II Examination. Usually held in May, the exam will now be on September 12-13, 2020. Schedule notices have not yet been sent. For more information, read this article; candidates, please refer to your email for more details and advice on rebooking travel.

March 12, 2020: ABPMR Accommodates Additional Time Off During Residency or Fellowship Training due to COVID-19
Recognizing that physiatrists may be required to quarantine or training programs may be suspended, the ABPMR is allowing an additional 30 days of time off during training for COVID-19-related issues. Read more here.