Status with ABEM
Only diplomates and former diplomates attempting to regain certification through the ABEM MOC program may register to take a ConCertTM examination.
Medical Licensure Requirements
Participants in the ABEM MOC process must continuously hold a current, active, valid, full, unrestricted, and unqualified license to practice medicine in at least one jurisdiction in the United States, its territories, or Canada and in each jurisdiction in which they practice. All of a physician’s medical licenses must comply with ABEM’s Policy on Medical Licensure.
If a physician’s medical licensure is found not to comply with ABEM’s Policy on Medical Licensure, ABEM will investigate the details. During this investigation, and until the Board renders a final decision, the physician can take the ConCertTM examination.
LLSA Test Requirements for Diplomates
Starting in 2013, diplomates will be able to register for the ConCertTM examination before completing their LLSA test requirement.
Diplomates may check their current eligibility requirements and status at any time through ABEM MOC Online. From the ABEM MOC Personal Page, click on the “View Requirements and Status” button.
Former diplomates have options for regaining certification, described in the Policy on Regaining Certification.
Registration and Scheduling Process
Physicians who meet the medical licensure requirements may register for the ConCertTM examination starting in the spring of each year. Physicians will register using ABEM MOC Online. View Important ABEM MOC Dates for specific registration and examination administration period each year. Step-by-step instructions for the online registration process can be found here.
There are five steps in the registration process:
- Sign in to the ABEM website (www.abem.org) and click the “ABEM MOC Online” button. Click the “Register for ConCertTM” button on the left side of the screen.
- Update medical license information and affirm that your medical license(s) comply with ABEM’s Policy on Medical Licensure.
- Verify that your contact information is correct.
- Pay for the examination. The payment step involves entering appropriate credit card information and obtaining immediate approval, or selecting the option of paying by mail. View the Policy on Fees for more information about ConCertTM examination fees.
- Review billing information to make sure it is correct.
When ConCertTM registration is complete, ABEM MOC Online will display the necessary information for scheduling an appointment to take the examination with Pearson VUE testing centers. Physicians will receive a follow-up email at the end of registration stating that they may then go online or call to register with Pearson VUE to schedule their specific examination place, day, and time. If 24 hours have passed without receiving this email, physicians should call Pearson VUE to schedule. View information about Pearson VUE.
Pearson VUE will only schedule physicians who have registered with ABEM and whom ABEM has authorized to schedule with Pearson VUE. Physicians receive their choice of test site and appointment date and time on a first-come, first-served basis. Not every testing center has every day or time available during the testing window. Physicians who wish to schedule on a specific day or at a specific place are encouraged to schedule early.
Taking the ConCertTM Examination
The ConCertTM examination is a five and one-quarter hour, secure, proctored examination with questions based on the Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine (EM Model).
Each year the ConCertTM examination is administered over six consecutive days in over 200 Pearson VUE testing centers around the United States and Canada, providing physicians with a variety of scheduling options. Not every testing center has every day or time available during the testing window. Physicians who wish to schedule on a specific day or at a specific place are encouraged to schedule early, since seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Physicians are advised to appear 30 minutes prior to their ConCertTM examination appointments. The assigned seat may become unavailable if the physician appears more than 30 minutes after the appointment time.
Upon arrival at the Pearson VUE testing center, a physician must be prepared to show his or her government-issued, picture identification. A physician’s guests may not remain within the testing center while the physician is taking the ConCertTM examination.
To protect examination validity and ensure a consistent, fair examination administration across all its testing centers, Pearson VUE maintains strict security measures, including tight restrictions on what personal items may be taken into the testing room. These security procedures also include multiple checks to confirm each examinee's identity, such as taking a digital signature, photograph, and an infrared palm vein image. Note that this information is used solely for the purpose of confirming identity, is held in the strictest confidence by Pearson VUE, and is not released to any third parties.
Physicians may take health-related items that they will need, such as eyeglasses and hearing aids. Visually impaired candidates may use magnifying visual aids.
Physicians may not take any items other than those listed above into the examination room. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, food or beverages, computers or electronic information storage system devices; hand-held, pocket, or laptop computers, or any similar devices; watches, cell phones, PDAs, beepers, pagers, cameras, tape or CD players, or recorders, calculators, or timepieces with calculators; coats, backpacks, briefcases, purses, wallets, or “fanny” packs; notepaper, pens, books, luggage, or study materials. Prohibited electronic items are not permitted in the testing room even if turned off. Physicians will be provided with erasable notepads.
Pearson VUE testing centers are equipped with lockers for storing personal items during the examination appointment.
Notification of Results
Physicians who take the ConCertTM examination will be notified in writing of examination results within 90 days of the last day of the examination administration. ABEM will post on its website, www.abem.org, under “News, Notices, Exam Dates, and Fees”, the date on which results are mailed.
To ensure they receive their results, physicians must maintain up-to-date contact information using ABEM MOC Online.
To ensure the confidentiality of examination results, all information will be sent to candidates in written form. Results will not be provided via telephone, fax, email, or ABEM MOC Online.
Physicians who pass the ConCertTM examination will be certified for a period of ten years. Diplomates who do not pass the examination by the end of their ten-year certification will become former diplomates with an option to regain certification. See the Policy on Regaining Certification for information about those options.
Beginning in 2013, diplomates must meet all their ABEM MOC requirements, including passing the ConCertTM examination, to renew certification.