Reporting an Incident of Exam Irregularity
Ensuring the security and integrity of board exams is one of the most important things we do at the ABPMR. Like you, we believe no physiatrist should enjoy an unfair advantage when it comes to board certification. If you witness a candidate sharing secure examination information, you may choose to report your experience either confidentially or anonymously by using the form below.
Confidential vs Anonymous Reporting - What’s the Difference?
When you report confidentially, you provide ABPMR with information about both the potential wrongdoing and/or observed incident, as well as some information about yourself. This includes things like your name, contact information and how you have come to know about this wrongdoing. We may follow up with you for more information, but we will always keep your information and identity secure.
In confidential reporting, the inclusion of information like one’s identity helps to guide a potential investigation. In this situation, the ABPMR can confirm sources, ask follow-up questions, and even work together with the confidential reporter to gather more information. This way, the investigator can confirm claims easier and faster as they know who they can talk to during their investigation.
Anonymous reporting is different in that your personal information is not provided with the complaint. The downside is that it is a bit more difficult for the ABPMR to assess the credibility of the complaint. The investigation is limited to the information that is submitted so the investigator must go out and look for additional sources. Thus, leads are harder to find and follow. Because of the anonymity involved, these types of complaints are much less likely to be verified and acted on.
Reporting Unethical Behavior
We want to hear about incidents of potential cheating or exam irregularity but reports of other types of unprofessional behaviors are best handled by a state medical board. ABPMR does not have the authority to investigate or adjudicate behaviors unrelated to exams; individual state medical boards have primary investigatory power and responsibility to regulate practice.
To file a complaint against a physician or medical specialist, contact your state medical board. The Directory of State Medical and Osteopathic Boards can be accessed from the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) website.
From the Executive Director
On Exam Security