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Program Exam Report Information

The certification examination reports summarize the performance of candidates who have completed training in your program.

Except for candidates included in a program director report, ABIM does not provide information on the dates a particular candidate tested. Upon written receipt of a candidate's written authorization, ABIM will report that an application is currently being processed or the year that a candidate was last admitted to an exam. ABIM will not confirm when or how many times the candidate took an exam.

An individual candidate's certification status can be obtained through our verification tool at any time or upon written request.

Program director reports are held for five years. Past reports within a five-year period can be provided upon written request.

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Internal Medicine Program Reports

Internal Medicine program exam reports are mailed in early spring and can include one, some or all of the following four reports. Each report is included only if your program meets the specific criteria for that report.

Report A – Aggregate performance of candidates from your program on the current exam and comparative data for all programs. Report A is included if four or more candidates from your program:

  • Took the exam for the first time in 2013
  • Completed training in 2012 or 2013
  • Received their final evaluation of clinical competence from your program

Report B – Three-year pass rate for the first attempt of candidates from your program and comparative data for all programs. These data will be sent to the IM-RRC if your program is accredited through the ACGME. Report B is included if 10 or more candidates:

  • Took the exam for the first time in 2011, 2012 or 2013
  • Completed training the same year they took the exam or the year prior to taking the exam
  • Received their final evaluation of clinical competence from your program

  • * For candidates who took the exam multiple years during this time period, only the performance of their first attempt is included in this report.

Report C – Three-year pass rate (from 4 to 9) for each rating of medical knowledge for the first attempt of candidates from your program and comparative data for all programs. Report C will be included if at least three candidates from your program:

  • Took the exam for the first time in 2011, 2012 or 2013
  • Completed training the same year they took the exam, or the year prior to taking the exam
  • Received their final evaluation of clinical competence from your program

  • * For candidates who took the exam multiple years during this time period, only the performance of their first attempt is included in this report.

Report D – Certification status for each of your candidates. Score reports are also included for those candidates who have authorized their release. Report D is included if candidates from your program:

  • Took the exam for the first time in 2013
  • Completed training in 2012 or 2013
  • Received their final evaluation of clinical competence from your program

Pass Rates

ABIM does not evaluate the quality of internal medicine residency or fellowship training. However, three-year program level pass rates are computed each year for all accredited U.S. internal medicine training programs.

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Subspecialty Program Reports

Subspecialty program director reports are mailed mid-spring. They include score reports for candidates who have authorized their release and the certification status for each of your candidates who:

  • Took the exam for the first time in 2013
  • Completed training the same year they took the exam or the year prior to taking the exam
  • Received their final evaluation of clinical competence from your program

Pass Rates

The small number of candidates makes it impossible to generate reports for subspecialty programs or fellowships. However, pass rates can be obtained by using reports you have received over the past several years, adding together the numbers of passers across all years of interest, and dividing this total by the number of takers across the same period.