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Maintenance of Certification
Taking the Adolescent Medicine Exam

About the Adolescent Medicine Maintenance of Certification Exam

Note: The Adolescent Medicine Maintenance of Certification Exam is developed jointly with the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). This exam is administered by ABP.

Follow these steps to schedule this exam:

  • Register for the exam online in the ABIM Physician Login page
  • After you have successfully registered, ABIM will forward your information to ABP. ABP will confirm with ABIM that your information has been forwarded to the computer testing administrator.
  • When ABIM receives confirmation that your information is forwarded, you will receive an e-mail from ABIM that explains how to schedule a testing center and date

Key Exam Dates

Note that there are two steps you must complete to schedule your exam:

  • Enroll by deadlines listed below, if you have not already done so.
  • Schedule your exam with the test provider within the time frames listed below.

Standard Exam Dates

Exam Date Options Be enrolled in MOC by*... Schedule a seat between...
* In order to take this exam, you must have completed enrollment in the ABIM MOC program by this date.
SPRING 2016: Mar. 1-31, 2016 Feb. 14, 2016 Jan. 8, 2016 and Feb 15, 2016


  • Deadline for cancellation is 11:59 p.m. ET two (2) days prior to scheduled examination date. (Example: For exams scheduled Friday, May 9, 2014, the cancellation deadline would be 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.)
  • It is the sole responsibility of the candidate to be aware of and comply with seat scheduling deadlines. In fairness to all candidates, ABIM adheres firmly to its published seat scheduling deadlines for its examinations. Candidates are encouraged to apply early in the seat scheduling period. See seat scheduling information.
  • All dates are subject to change.
  • To change a scheduled exam date, see Change or Cancel an Exam.
  • Exam results will be released within three months of the exam date.

Exam Content and Blueprint

The examination will be a proctored, half-day, closed book, computer-based examination administered by Prometric at over 400 testing sites in the U.S. and Canada. The four-hour exam covers the aspects of adolescent medicine that internists should know to provide excellent care to adolescent patients.

What Does the Exam Cover?

A blueprint representing content distribution is available on the internet at the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) web site. The content outline is not designed to be a study guide or curriculum guide. To view the content outline:

  • Go to ABP's web site
  • Go to Take an Examination
  • Subspecialties under Maintenance of Certification

Exam Development

The Adolescent Medicine Maintenance of Certification exam is jointly developed by ABIM, ABFM, and ABP. The examination will be administered to candidates from all three Boards at the same time in the same testing centers. ABP is responsible for administering the examination. The standard for passing the examination will be identical for all Boards.

Copyright and Examination Non-Disclosure Policy

All ABIM materials are protected by the federal Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 101, et seq. Access to all such materials, as further detailed below, is strictly conditioned upon agreement to abide by ABIM's rights under the Copyright Act and to maintain examination confidentiality.

ABIM examinations are confidential, in addition to being protected by federal copyright and trade secret laws. Candidates and diplomates who undertake examinations agree that they will not copy, reproduce, adapt, disclose, or transmit examinations, in whole or in part, before or after taking an examination, by any means now known or hereafter invented. They further agree that they will not reconstruct examination content from memory, by dictation, or by any other means or otherwise discuss examination content with others. Candidates and Diplomates further acknowledge that disclosure or any other use of ABIM examination content constitutes professional misconduct and may expose them to criminal as well as civil liability, and may also result in ABIM's imposition of penalties against them, including but not limited to, invalidation of examination results, exclusion from future examinations, suspension, revocation of certification and other sanctions.

With respect to ABIM's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) products, including its Medical Knowledge Modules and ABIM PIMs Practice Improvement Modules®, candidates agree that they will not copy, reproduce or make any adaptations of such materials in any manner; and will not assist someone else in the infringement or misuse of these or any other ABIM-copyrighted works.


Scoring and Reporting of Exam Results


The examination pass-fail decision is based on your performance on the entire examination. Unanswered questions are scored as incorrect; therefore, you should answer every question. The minimum passing score reflects an absolute standard that is independent of the performance of any group of candidates. This standard has been established by the examination committee and approved by the ABIM Board of Directors.


  • After the exam is given, it will be analyzed and evaluated to ensure the reliability of individual results.
  • Your results will be released and a Score Report will be mailed to you within three months of the last date of the exam in that area.
  • You will receive e-mail notification when your results are released and an announcement will be posted on ABIM's website. No additional information is available until that time.
  • You can obtain your pass/fail status for an exam in the exam history section on your home page under Physician Login when results are released.
  • Scores are provided through the mail only. Copies of your Score Report will be maintained for two years from the date they were released. During that period, you may obtain a copy of your Score Report upon written request.
  • Questions regarding exam results should be submitted in writing within six months of the date results were released.

At the end of the Certification cycle, physicians who pass the Maintenance of Certification Exam, have successfully completed the self-evaluation component, and whose credentials have been verified by ABIM are considered to be recertified. Physicians with a lapsed Certification are considered recertified upon successful completion of these three components. Your current status is reported on your Physician Login Home Page.