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When is the next certification exam being given?

February 26 – March 1, 2018

What is the deadline to submit an application to be eligible for the next test?

Early application deadline: October 15, 2017

Final application deadline: November 15, 2017

What happens if I submit my application materials after the deadline of November 15, 2017?

If you submit your application materials after the deadline of November 15, 2017 your application WILL NOT be considered for the 2018 test. There are no extensions beyond November 15, 2017.

How are applications submitted?

All applications are submitted through the ABOM online application portal.

Click here to access the portal.

How much does it cost to take the test?

If you register before the early application deadline of October 15, the fee is $1500.

If you register after the early application deadline of November 15, the fee is $1750.

What do I need to do to be eligible to take the test through the CME pathway?

Provide the following documents:

  • Proof of an active medical license in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Proof of completion of U.S. or Canadian medical residency.
  • Proof of active board certification in an American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) member board or osteopathic medicine equivalent.

Complete the following CME requirements:

  • A minimum of sixty (60) credit hours of continuing medical education (CME) recognized by the American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award (AMA PRA) Category 1 credits on the topic of obesity.
  • At least thirty (30) credit hours must be obtained through attendance at one or more of designated GROUP ONE meetings.
  • The remaining 30 CME credits may be completed through attendance at additional GROUP ONE meetings or through GROUP TWO study, which includes at-home CME activities and/or attendance at other live meetings where obesity is the specific educational topic.
  • The sixty (60) credit hours can be completed within the thirty-six (36) months preceding the final application deadline.
  • A copy of the applicant’s CME certificates should accompany the application.
  • Recognition by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Mainpro M1 credits and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) MOC Section 1 credits on the topic of obesity will also be accepted.
I am not currently certified by an ABMS member board or osteopathic medicine equivalent. Will I still be able to take the test and get certified?

No. You must meet all of the eligibility requirements in order to be considered for certification.

What do I need to do to be eligible to take the test through Fellowship pathway?

Provide the following documents:

  • Proof of an active medical license in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Proof of completion of U.S. or Canadian medical residency.
  • Proof of active board certification in an American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) member board or osteopathic medicine equivalent.

Successfully complete an on-site clinical fellowship with an obesity component where the fellowship director attest to at least 500 hours on the topic of obesity or obesity-related conditions.

How do I prepare for the test?

Click here to access the exam resources section of the ABOM web site.

What topics are covered on the exam?

Click here to access the test content outline.

How many questions are on the exam?

There are a total of 200 questions on the exam. The questions are broken up into four blocks each containing 50 questions.

How much time do I have to complete the exam?

The test is comprised of four, 60-minute test blocks.

Will I get any breaks during the test?

There is a total of 45 minutes break time allotted for the exam.

I need special accommodations in order to take the test. What should I do?

The ABOM will grant reasonable testing accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities that timely apply and provide the necessary supporting documentation. All requests for accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. It is the responsibility of the person with a disability to provide advance notice and appropriate documentation of the disability with a request for test accommodations. If an applicant identifies functional limitations or special needs that would prevent him or her from taking the certification exam under standard testing conditions, ABOM in consultation with its testing agency, will evaluate and respond to that applicant’s needs for special arrangements. Applicants will be notified of the decision regarding the request and the accommodations that will be provided. Requests for special accommodations must be made through the online application portal.

 

How long is the certification good for?

Certification is good for 10 years.

What do I need to do to recertify?

Recertification requires completing 120 hours of CME credit on the topic of obesity, submitting an application, and taking the certification examination. Visit the recertification page for additional information.

What items are required with an application to recertify?
  • Proof of an active medical license in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Proof of completion of U.S. or Canadian medical residency.
  • Active board certification in an American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) member board or osteopathic medicine equivalent.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours of continuing medical education (CME) recognized by the American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award (AMA PRA) Category 1 Credits on the topic of obesity are required for recertification.* The 120 credit hours must be completed within the 10 years prior to recertification. A copy of the applicant’s CME certificates should accompany the application.

*Recognition by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Mainpro M1 credits and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) MOC Section 1 credits on the topic of obesity will also be accepted.

Where can I take the test?

The certification exam is administered during an eight-day testing period at computer based testing facilities manage by Prometric Inc. Test centers are located in every U.S. state as well as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Canadian test centers are located in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. Click here to search for a test center near you.

How do I schedule the test?

After your application has been approved and your examination fee has been paid, ABOM will send you an e-mail with instructions on how to access and download your electronic scheduling permit online. You must print your scheduling permit before you contact Prometric to schedule a test date.

What happens if my name on the Scheduling Permit is doesn’t match the name on my identification?

If the name on your scheduling permit does not match exactly the name on your identification, you must contact ABOM immediately. Name changes or correction cannot be made within seven (7) business days of your scheduled testing date. You will be denied admission to the test if the name on the permit does not match the name on your identification.

What happens if I forget to bring my Scheduling Permit to the test center on the day of my test?

You are allowed to present your Scheduling Permit on an electronic device (e.g. smartphone) at the test center.

Why do I need to print the Scheduling Permit and bring it with me to the test center on the day of my test?

The Scheduling Permit contains your Candidate Identification Number (CIN), which you will need to enter in order to start the test. Prometric does not have access to your CIN. If you do not print your Scheduling Permit, you may present it electronically. But having a hard copy is advised.

What do I need to bring with me to the test center on the day of my test?

You must bring your Scheduling Permit (hard copy or presented electronically) and the required identification described on your Scheduling Permit. Acceptable forms of identification include the following forms of unexpired identification:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s license with photograph
  • National identity card
  • Other form of unexpired, government issued identification

Your identification must contain both your signature and photograph. If it contains your photograph but not your signature, you can use another form of unexpired identification that contains your signature, such as an employee identification card or a credit card, to supplement your photo-bearing, government-issued identification.

The first and last names on your identification must exactly match the names on Scheduling Permit. The only acceptable difference would be the presence of a middle name, middle initial or suffix on one document and its absence on the other.

What happens if I am late for my scheduled testing appointment?

If you arrive after your appointment time, you may not be admitted. If you arrive more than 30 minutes after your scheduled testing appointment, you will not be admitted.

What should I do if I have a problem with the quality of the testing site during the administration of the test?

If you encounter a problem during the administration of the test, immediately report such problem to the test center staff and send written notification to ABOM as set forth below.
Any and all complaints regarding the quality of the testing site, including, but not limited to, the professionalism of the proctor, computer glitches, software glitches, room temperature, distracting noises, lighting, examination interruption, etc. shall be sent in writing to ABOM no later than seven (7) calendar days after the candidate’s examination date via fax or certified mail to:

American Board of Obesity Medicine

Attn: Test Center Complaint

2696 S. Colorado Bouleverad, Suite 340

Denver, CO 80222

303.77.9104 (fax)

Any written complaints received by ABOM after the seven (7) day deadline will not be considered by ABOM.

What happens if I don’t pass the test the first time I take it?

Applicants are entitled to retake the examination one time, upon payment of a retesting fee, without resubmitting evidence of compliance with the stated qualifications. The candidate must retake the exam the following time is offered or forfeit the retesting opportunity. Any additional retesting will require a reapplication for board certification.

How much does it cost to retake the test?

The retake fee is $450.

What happens if I can’t take my exam on the date it is scheduled?

If you are unable to keep a testing appointment and would like to reschedule, you must contact Prometric by 12:00 PM ET of the second business day prior to your appointment. The rescheduled date must fall within the testing window. Fees from your previously scheduled test will be transferred to the rescheduled exam as follows:
If you contact Prometric by 12:00 PM ET of the second business day prior to your test date, you will be charged a $100 fee.

If you cancel your appointment within 2 business days of your test date, when you attempt to reschedule your exam within the testing window you must contact Prometric Candidate Cares and pay a $100 fee to reinstate your eligibility record.

If you do not appear on your test date, and would like to reschedule your exam within the testing window, you must contact Prometric Candidate Cares and pay a $100 fee to reinstate your eligibility record.

I have already paid to take the test, but I would like to cancel and get a refund. Is that possible?

For the 2018 Exam administration:

If you cancel by December 15, 2017, you will be refunded $1000.

If you cancel after December 15, but before December 31, 2017, you will be refunded $500.

There are no refunds after December 31, 2017.

Can I request a score recheck?

Yes. Candidates agree to pay ABOM a score recheck fee of $100 per request. Score recheck results will be reported with ten (10) business days of the request.

Is the ABOM recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)?

No. It is the long-term goal of the ABOM to become recognized by the ABMS.

How much of the obesity medicine certification exam is devoted to pediatric content?

Exam questions are broken down into the following categories:
a. questions on pediatric content (15%)
b. questions on adult content (20%)
c. questions relevant to the entire life cycle (65%)

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