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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)

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.
  • Make reasonable modifications, upon request, to its examination procedures or provide auxiliary aides or services for candidates with documented disabilities. 
  • Evaluate each request for an accommodation and any information submitted in support of such request.

Why are accommodations made?

Accommodations are 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. 

ABIM will consider requests for all forms of accommodation, but based on ABIM's experience, these requests are more likely to be evaluated quickly:

To qualify for a testing accommodation under the ADA, you must demonstrate that you have a qualifying disability that necessitates the provision of a testing accommodation.

A disability is defined by the ADA as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as compared to most people in the general population.

Confidentiality policy:

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.