Delays In Certification

Delays in becoming certified are defined as:

  • A delay in applying for certification
  • A delay in taking or passing the Qualifying Examination
  • A delay in taking or passing the Oral Certification Examination

Physicians who delay any part of the certification process may need to complete additional certification requirements before they can:

  • Apply for certification
  • Register for a certification examination
  • Request placement on an Oral Certification Examination wait list
  • Receive a second period of board eligibility

Additional Certification Requirements

  • Complete an average of one ABEM LLSA test each year
  • Complete and report an average of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ or equivalent, per year

Additional requirements begin January 1 of the year after the delay in the certification process takes place, and accrue annually until the physician becomes certified, or his or her final period of board eligibility ends, whichever comes first.