Board Eligibility

 

EFFECT OF LEAVE ON BOARD ELIGIBILITY

Boards vary in their requirements regarding the effect of effect of leaves of absence, for any reason, taken during residents’ training on their eligibility and the timing for board certification

 SpecialtyLeave/Absences

(see links for details)

Eligibility Deadline for ExamLinks
EM

 

American Board of Emergency Medicine

6 weeks in an academic yearResidents who do not graduate until after October 31 are not eligible to apply for certification in the current year.

Residents who will graduate by October 31 of the current application cycle or who are ABEM board eligible may sign in to the EM Initial Certification page to complete and submit a certification application.

Physicians who do not apply for certification in the first application period available to them are considered to have delayed a step in the certification process and will have additional certification requirements.

Certification

 

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FM

 

American Board of Family Medicine

1 month per academic yearResidents who are expected to complete training by June 30 are automatically provided the application link for the April examination.

 

Residents who are expected to complete training between July 1 and October 31 may be declared eligible to apply for the April examination based on a recommendation from their residency program director.

 

Residents who are expected to complete training between November 1 and December 31 will be permitted to apply for the November exam.

Residents who are expected to complete training between January 1 and April 30 may be declared eligible to apply for the November examination based on a recommendation from their residency program director.

Certification

 

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IM

 

American Board of Internal Medicine

1 month per academic yearResidents must have satisfactorily completed training by August 31 of the year of examination to be admitted to the ABIM Internal Medicine Certification Examination.Certification

 

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OB

 

American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology

8 weeks in any of the 4 years of training, or a total of 20 weeks over the 4 years of trainingCandidates who will complete their residency training after September 30 will not be allowed to sit for the June Qualifying Examination.Certification

 

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Ortho

 

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

6 weeks per academic yearTo be admitted to the examination, a candidate must complete the full 60 months of required education by June 30 of the year of the examination.Certification

 

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Peds

 

American Board of Pediatrics

1 month per academic yearAn applicant must satisfactorily complete the standard length of training (3 years) before the first day of the month in which the exam is administered. This requirement applies even if all formal training was completed earlier and the applicant is on leave the first day of the month.Certification

 

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Psych

 

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

4 weeks per academic yearAn applicant seeking admission to examination for certification in psychiatry must have satisfactorily completed an ACGME-accredited PGY-1 and three full years of postgraduate, specialized residency training in a psychiatry program accredited by the ACGME. Application deadline is February/March for the September exam.  Applicants completing training after July 31 should contact the Board regarding eligibility. ABPN will not allow a candidate to sit for the Certification Examination if training has not been completed by September 30 in the year of the Certification Examination.Certification

 

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Surgery

 

American Board of Surgery

The ABS requires 48 weeks of full-time clinical activity in each of the five years of residency, regardless of the amount of operative experience obtained. The remaining four weeks of the year are considered non-clinical time that may be used for any purpose.

The 48 weeks may be averaged over the first three years of residency, for a total of 144 weeks required in the first three years, and over the last two years, for a total of 96 weeks required in the last two years. Thus non-clinical time may be reduced in one year to allow for additional non-clinical time in another year.

All time away from clinical activity (i.e., non-clinical time), including vacation and time taken for interviews, visa issues, etc., must be accounted for on the application for certification.

For documented medical conditions, including pregnancy and delivery, that directly affect the individual (i.e., not family leave), residents may take an additional two weeks off during the first three years of residency, for a total of 142 weeks required, and an additional two weeks off during the last two years of residency, for a total of 94 weeks required.

All training must be completed by July 1 to be eligible for that year’s Qualifying Exam. Applicants who are unable to complete their residency training by June 30 of their chief year must notify the ABS. All residency training must be completed by the end of August to be eligible for that year’s General Surgery Qualifying Exam.Certification

 

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