Reciprocal Credit

Meeting ABEM Certification Requirements Through Other Continuing Certification Programs

ABEM allows physicians who hold more than one ABMS primary or subspecialty certificate to choose the certification program in which they will complete their Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (LLS) and Improvement in Medical Practice (IMP) requirements.

Through their ABEM Secure Portal, ABEM-certified physicians can tell ABEM about other non-ABEM ABMS Member Board certificates they hold. They can also select the continuing certification program in which they will complete their requirements. The selected certification program will become their primary program.

Primary Continuing Certification Program Criteria

  • Physicians must meet all the requirements of their primary continuing certification program. They must complete LLS and IMP activities and participate according to their board's specific requirements.
  • Physicians can't count activities that they complete within another ABMS certification program to fulfill their primary programs' requirements.
  • Physicians must continue to hold a medical license that meets ABEM's Policy on Medical Licensure.
  • To renew each certification, physicians must pass the ConCert™ Examination (Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills (KJS)).

Each ABMS Member Board decides which continuing certification activities will count toward credit. ABEM verifies the completion of activities and requirements within an ABEM continuing certification process when requested.

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