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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.

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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.

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Pearson VUE Health and Safety Guidelines

ABIM is working with Pearson VUE to ensure your safety throughout your exam day in a test center.

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Am I required to wear a face mask?

Yes, you must bring and wear your own face mask while at a Pearson VUE-owned test center and throughout your exam. Any surgical or cloth face mask, including a homemade face mask, is acceptable as long as your nose and mouth are fully covered. Physicians without a face mask will be denied testing services. Pearson VUE is unable to provide face masks to candidates. You will be asked to briefly remove the mask during the check-in process to take the required candidate photo.

Can I wear gloves?

You are not required to wear gloves but may choose to do so. Gloves will not be provided by Pearson VUE. You may be asked to remove your gloves to complete a palm vein scan.

What sanitation procedures are in place at the test center?

Pearson VUE has implemented a strict cleaning regimen. This includes providing hand sanitizer to candidates upon entering the test center and sanitizing the surface and equipment of each workstation after the end of every appointment. Any equipment used during the check-in process is also sanitized after every use. At this time it has not been approved to bring your own cleaning wipes or hand sanitizer.

Can I bring tissues?

Tissues will be provided by Pearson VUE. You may bring your own tissues according to pre-approved comfort aids but they may be subject to inspection.

Will there be appropriate distancing at the workstations?

Pearson VUE has implemented social distancing guidelines at all test centers, which require two meters/6 feet of space between individuals at workstations.

Will I be required to do a palm vein scan?

Yes, Pearson VUE has increased their cleaning and disinfecting regimens in between all testing appointments and this includes wiping down all areas with which test takers have had contact.

What if I am not feeling well on exam day?

If you exhibit symptoms upon arrival at the test center, you may be asked to reschedule your exam for another time when in full health. Please contact ABIM if this situation occurs.

Where can I find additional information?