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Next Sports Exam

July 11 - July 15, 2017

Sports Medicine

Sports medicine is a clinical subspecialty that is concerned with physical fitness and the diagnosis and treatment of injuries sustained in sports activities.

The ABPMR offers subspecialty certification in sports medicine in order to improve the quality of care of individuals engaged in physical exercise (sports). Subspecialty certification in sports medicine has been offered by the ABPMR since 2007. Examinations are administered twice annually at Prometric Testing Centers nationwide.

Because sports medicine is recognized as an interdisciplinary specialty, the ABPMR cosponsors subspecialty certification in sports medicine along with the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and three other boards. This means that the ABPMR credentials and issues sports medicine subspecialty certificates for ABPMR diplomates, but the ABFM is responsible for examination development, administration, scoring, and analysis.

The Exam

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

Practice and Training Requirements

Before You Apply

Candidates who apply for subspecialty certification in sports medicine through the ABPMR must be ABPMR diplomates in good standing 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 Sports Medicine Examination must satisfactorily complete 12 months of an ACGME-accredited fellowship in sports medicine and:

  • Finish the training program after completing residency and by the July 31 that precedes the examination date
  • Be recommended for admissibility to the Sports Medicine Examination by the fellowship program director upon successful completion of the training program

Exam Dates & Fees


Application Windows & Fees

February 1 - March 31, 2017

  • $1200 Examination Fee
  • $600 Processing Fee

April 1 - April 30, 2017

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

$1800

$2300


Exam Dates

July 11 - July 15, 2017

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