Next BIM Exam

September 24, 2018

Brain Injury Medicine

Brain Injury Medicine (BIM) includes disorders of brain function due to injury. These disorders encompass a range of medical, physical, cognitive, sensory, and behavioral disorders that result in psychosocial, educational, and vocational consequences. A specialist in BIM should also have special expertise in the treatment and management of other central nervous system insults (eg, encephalopathies, anoxia) with similar neurocognitive presentations.

The ABPMR offers subspecialty certification in BIM in order to enhance the quality of care available to individuals, aged 15 and older, with brain injuries. Subspecialty certification in BIM has been offered by the ABPMR in partnership with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) since 2014. Examinations are administered every other year at Pearson Professional Centers nationwide.

The Exam

  • 280 Questions
  • Two 3.5-hour sections
  • One 60-minute break between sections
  • 7 hours active testing + tutorial and break

Practice and Training Requirements

Before You Apply

Candidates who apply for subspecialty certification in BIM through the ABPMR must possess a current, valid an unrestricted license to practice medicine and be either:

  • 1.

    ABPMR diplomates in good standing, OR
  • 2.

    Subspecialty certified in sports medicine

Candidates qualifying under sports medicine certification must be maintaining their subspecialty certification in sports medicine through an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) board; this does not include orthopaedic sports medicine certification through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Through the 2022 exam, applicants will be declared admissible if one of the following temporary criteria is met:

  • Successful completion of 12 months of an ACGME–accredited fellowship in BIM after residency and recommendation by the fellowship program director, OR
  • Successful completion of 12 months of non-accredited BIM fellowship in a program affiliated with an ACGME–accredited PM&R residency training program and recommendation by the fellowship program director, OR
  • Completion of a minimum of three years’ full-time practice experience (within the last five years and beyond completion of residency), of which at least 25 percent of professional time is specifically devoted to BIM; practice should be adequately broad to reasonably reflect the full scope of BIM, OR

For BIM Examination administrations after 2022 all applicants must:

  • Successfully complete 12 months of an ACGME–accredited fellowship in BIM after residency, AND
  • Be recommended by the fellowship program director for admissibility to the BIM Examination

Exam Dates & Fees


Application Windows & Fees

January 1 - March 15, 2018

  • $1200 Examination Fee
  • $600 Processing Fee

March 16 - April 15, 2018

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

$1800

$2300


Exam Date

September 24, 2018