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SOME IM CERTIFICATION EXAM APPOINTMENTS CANCELED Expand/Collapse the ABIM alert.

With capacity reduced at all Pearson VUE test centers to maintain safety, some appointments (less than 20%) to take the Internal Medicine Certification Examination have been canceled and must be rescheduled. If this applies to you, you should have received this email, which clarifies what your next steps are.

More than 68% of affected candidates have already rescheduled. So, be sure to reschedule soon if you haven’t done so already.

Technical Support for those taking the Knowledge Check-In at home/in office Expand/Collapse the ABIM alert.

Technical assistance on the day of your Knowledge Check-In assessment is available by chatting with a Pearson VUE agent. We are here to help! You may also call 800-606-0259 to reach an ABIM Customer Relationship Advocate, in the event you are unable to connect to a Pearson VUE agent.

Coronavirus Updates Expand/Collapse the ABIM alert.

At ABIM we are actively monitoring the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and will post regular updates about any changes to scheduled assessments.
Scheduled for an assessment this year? ABIM is working with Pearson VUE to ensure your safety throughout your exam day. Learn more about what to expect at test centers.
Please follow the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the most up-to-date information on the virus.

Every ABIM exam is subjected to rigorous item and exam development processes, and to psychometric and data forensic analysis as part of the scoring process. This helps to ensure the validity, fairness and integrity of the exam, and to help prevent cheating and other unethical exam conduct. The creation of each exam is a lengthy process that involves considerable expense and time on behalf of both ABIM staff and the physicians who serve on our specialty boards who create the exams. And, maintaining the integrity of our exams is critical to fulfilling our responsibility to the medical profession and the public. Therefore, when ABIM exam questions or other content is compromised, we must remove them from our question pool and create new questions and content in their place. As such, ABIM takes cheating or unethical behavior in connection with exams very seriously.

While they may seem onerous, strict exam day security measures are in place at all test centers to help us ensure the integrity and fairness of the Certification and MOC processes. Failure to adhere to these measures or comply with test administrator instructions can result in:

  • Invalidation of an exam;
  • Disciplinary sanctions;
  • Legal action; and
  • Referral to state and/or federal regulatory and/or legal authorities.

See the policy on disciplinary sanctions for more information.

Throughout the enrollment, application, exam registration and exam administration processes, candidates agree to maintain the confidentiality of ABIM exam content. Obtaining, reviewing, copying, sharing, discussing, reproducing, adapting, disclosing or transmitting ABIM exam content – before or after an exam – constitutes professional misconduct and undermines the integrity of the Certification and MOC processes, and are violations of law and the agreements every candidate makes with ABIM.

The following table presents examples of acceptable and unacceptable behaviors regarding exam content.

Acceptable Unacceptable
Telling a colleague general topics an exam covered, such as the content in the exam blueprint. Sharing exam questions or memorable features or cues of exam questions.
Posting on social media outlets which study aids were the most helpful in your exam prep. Posting or discussing online specific topics to review in preparation for specific ABIM exam questions.
Giving information on the general exam format, such as timing of exam sections. Giving details on specific exam images, audio clips or question scenarios.
Studying from exam prep materials or medical literature concerning the general topics covered in the exam blueprint. Requesting or obtaining from anyone—or studying from—materials that include ABIM exam content, such as exam questions, cues from exam questions or other features of exam questions.

Reporting Inappropriate Behavior

If you wish to report inappropriate or irregular behavior before, during or after an exam, call ABIM's integrity hotline at 1-800-884-ABIM or e-mail security@abim.org. All reports are kept confidential. Please include detailed information on the violation with your report that includes the following as appropriate:

  • Names of individuals involved
  • Type of inappropriate activity (e.g., misrepresentation of credentials, cheating, sharing exam content)
  • What information was discussed/disclosed
  • Time and place
  • How the information was compromised and in what context

For more information, please review our policies on examination ethics and disciplinary sanctions and appeals.