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Accommodation for Test Takers with Disabilities

It is the policy of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Therefore, consistent with the ADA, ABIM will offer its examinations in a place and manner accessible to persons with disabilities or offer alternative accessible arrangements for such individuals, where feasible.

Upon request, ABIM will make reasonable modifications to its examination procedures or provide auxiliary aides or services for candidates with documented disabilities. These accommodations will be made in order to ensure that examination results reflect each candidate's clinical knowledge or medical judgment, rather than the candidate's sensory, manual or psychological skills, except where those skills are factors that a given examination is designed to measure. There are limits to the accommodations that ABIM is able to provide – see Forms of Accommodation for more information.

Consistent with the requirements of the ADA, ABIM will evaluate each request for an accommodation and any information submitted in support of such request. Based on ABIM's experience, requests accompanied by the type and form of information listed in this policy are more likely to be evaluated quickly and approved without the need for additional information from a requesting candidate. Also, although ABIM will consider requests for all forms of accommodations, based on its experience, the Forms of Accommodation listed are able to satisfy most candidates' needs. Frequently, requests for these types of accommodations can be evaluated more expeditiously.

In all cases, ABIM prefers to communicate directly with candidates who request accommodations. When necessity requires, however, ABIM will communicate with a delegate of a candidate regarding ABIM policy and the status of that candidate's request for accommodations. In such circumstances, candidates themselves must affirmatively state their intention to communicate through a specific delegate to ABIM. In all cases, communication between ABIM and a candidate's delegate will not include the sharing of confidential medical information.

Practice Improvement Module (PIM) Options for Clinically Inactive and Disabled Physicians

ABIM recognizes that a physician may be clinically inactive or otherwise have difficulty completing the PIM requirement as a result of a disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual. An individual is not substantially limited in a major life activity if the limitation does not amount to a significant restriction when compared with the abilities of the average person. To review current ABIM PIMs please visit the Practice Assessment page.

For additional information about what options are available for your unique situation, e-mail request@abim.org or call 1-800-441-ABIM (2246).

All candidates should review this policy in its entirety to ensure that they understand their rights and obligations when requesting a testing accommodation.