Next SCIM Exam

October 8, 2024

Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Spinal cord injury (SCI) medicine addresses the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of traumatic spinal cord injury and nontraumatic etiologies of spinal cord dysfunction.

The care team is comprised of interspecialty healthcare professionals providing care on a lifelong basis, including related medical, physical, psychological, and vocational disabilities and complications. This specialty encompasses patients of all ages.

The ABPMR offers subspecialty certification in SCI medicine in order to enhance the quality of care available to individuals with spinal cord dysfunction. Subspecialty certification in SCI medicine has been offered by the ABPMR since 1998. Examinations are administered annually at Pearson Professional Centers nationwide.

The Exam

  • 280 questions
  • Two 3.5-hour sections
  • 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 SCI medicine through the ABPMR must hold current board certification by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and must have a current, valid, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in at least one jurisdiction in the United States, its territories, or Canada.

In addition, applicants for the SCI Medicine Examination must satisfactorily complete 12 months of an ACGME-accredited fellowship in SCI Medicine and:

  • Be evaluated annually by the program director
  • Be recommended for admissibility to the SCI Medicine Examination by the program director upon successful completion of the training program
  • Finish the training program after completing residency and by the August 31 that precedes the examination date

What to Expect on Exam Day

After applying for the SCIM Examination, it's time to start preparing.

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

SCIM Exam Day

Exam Dates & Fees

Application Windows & Fees

February 1 - March 15, 2024

  • $1400 Fee
  • $600 Processing Fee

March 16 - March 31, 2024

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



Exam Date

October 8, 2024


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