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COVID-19 Updates Expand/Collapse the ABIM alert.

ABIM is actively monitoring news around COVID-19 and will post regular updates about any changes to scheduled assessments or other impacts to MOC related activities.
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.

Complete requirements by 12/31/2022 to avoid a change in certification status Expand/Collapse the ABIM alert.

After an extension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MOC requirement deadlines are resuming this year. This means you may have one or more MOC requirements due by 12/31/2022. If you do, your personalized Physician Portal will display red and yellow indicators next to the requirement(s) that need your attention. Be sure to complete any outstanding requirements before the end of year to avoid a change in your certification status.

The following is a list of common testing accommodations that have been requested and, if appropriate, granted by ABIM:

  • Additional testing time
  • Extra break time
  • Large-font exam materials
  • Left-handed mouse set-up
  • Permission to have and use diabetic supplies
  • Permission to have water in a spill-proof bottle and/or a small snack
  • Prescribed medication (other than pills)
  • Separate testing room
  • Trackball mouse

This is not an exhaustive list of possible testing accommodations. ABIM considers the full range of available accommodations to assist candidates with disabilities. Please note, due to its format, not all common testing accommodations are available for the Longitudinal Knowledge Assessment.

Candidates who wish to receive extra time, extra breaks or a separate testing room must agree to refrain from discussing exam content with other candidates for the duration of their examination. 

When providing certain accommodations, ABIM reserves the right to determine the location of the exam administration on the basis of the feasibility of providing necessary services.

For any additional questions contact ABIM's Special Exams Coordinator to discuss your options.

Comfort Aids That Require Pre-Approval

Comfort aids are small, medically necessary items that require pre-approval prior to being taken in the testing room. Learn more about requesting a new comfort aid, and see below for comfort aids that do not require pre-approval.

Comfort Aids That Do Not Require Pre-Approval

Pearson VUE test centers do not require candidates to seek pre-approval from ABIM in order to bring certain comfort aids into the testing room.

Examples of comfort aids that Pearson VUE has allowed in the past include:

  • Insulin pump (must be non-Bluetooth capable)
  • Diabetic supplies (please bring with you a small container for blood-related waste material)
  • Asthma inhaler
  • Canes
  • Cough drops
  • Crutches
  • Eyeglasses
  • Eye drops
  • Headphones (noise-blocking and regular)
  • Hearing aids
  • Pillow or support cushion

The above items will be allowed in the testing room upon visual inspection by the Pearson VUE testing center staff before being taken into the testing room. For items attached to the candidate, a visual inspection will be done by examining the item without directly touching it or the candidate and without asking the candidate to remove the item.

View the current list of comfort items allowed on the Pearson VUE website (pdf) before you arrive for your exam.