Graduating Residents receive application information from residency program starting mid-April 2014.

Sign in to your ABEM Personal Page and complete the online application form in its entirety.

Current year graduates do not need a medical license to apply for certification.  Please see the ABEM Policy on Medical Licensure for more information.

Submit the completed application online, including the $420 application fee on or before July 1 to avoid late fees

  • Submit the application July 2 – August 1 with $575 application fees
  • Submit the application August 2 – October 1 with $1,295 application fee

ABEM verifies credentials and approves applications starting
mid-July.




ABEM notifies physicians when they are cleared to register for the qualifying examination.

Current year graduates do not need a medical license to take the qualifying examination.  Please see the ABEM Policy on Medical Licensure for more information.

Register and schedule an examination appointment as soon as you receive ABEM notification that you are cleared.

  • Register on www.abem.org May 1 – November 6 and pay $960 examination fee.
  • Register November 7 – 13 and pay $1,965 examination fee.

Schedule an appointment to take the qualifying examination.  After completing registration online, you will receive an email with details for scheduling your appointment.

The 2014 qualifying examination administration dates are November 17 – 22, 2014.




In January 2015, physicians who passed the 2014 qualifying examination will be randomly assigned to the spring or fall oral certification examination.

ALL candidates must hold one or more medical licenses that are current and active.  All licenses the candidate holds must be full, unrestricted and unqualified.  Please see the ABEM Policy on Medical Licensure for more information.

  • Candidates assigned to the spring oral certification examination register and pay the examination fee in February or March 2015.  The examination dates are
    April 25 – 27, 2015
  • Candidates assigned to the fall oral certification examination register and pay the examination fee in July or August 2015.  The examination dates are
    October 10 – 12, 2015



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