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Maintenance of Certification
Taking the Sports Medicine Exam

About the Sports Medicine Exam

NOTE: This ABIM exam is administered by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). The exam lasts for four hours.

Follow these procedures when registering to take the Sports Medicine Certification exam:

  • You will register by completing and submitting an application form online at ABIM's Physician Login page during the registration period.
  • A confirmation page number will appear, indicating that you are successfully registered. The confirmation page also will provide you with a confirmation number, which is proof that your application has been transmitted to ABIM. You should print and keep a copy of this page for your records.
  • Shortly after your application has been submitted, ABIM will forward your information to the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM.) ABFM will communicate with you explaining how to schedule a testing location and exam with the ABFM computer testing administrator.
  • Contact the American Board of Family Medicine for information about test center locations and changing exam dates.

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 Option 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.

FALL 2014: Nov. 10-15, 2014 Aug. 25, 2014 Aug. 18, 2014 and Sept. 12, 2014
SUMMER 2015: July 8-11, 2015 Feb. 16, 2015 Dec. 1, 2014 and Mar. 2, 2015
FALL 2015: Nov. 16-21, 2015 Aug. 1, 2015 May 1, 2015 and Aug. 15, 2015


  • 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

Sports Medicine Exam Blueprint

The practice of sports medicine is the application of the physician's knowledge, skills, and attitudes to all persons engaged in sports and exercise.

The current description of the exam may be found on the American Board of Family Medicine website. To view it:

Exam Background

The Sports Medicine Maintenance of Certification Secure Exam is jointly developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the American Board of Family Medicine, and the American Board of Pediatrics. The examination will be administered to candidates from all four boards at the same time in the same testing centers. The American Board of Family Medicine is responsible for administering the exam. The standard for passing the exam 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.