• Medical Toxicology - Cognitive Expertise Examination Description

    The Medical Toxicology Cognitive Expertise Examination is a comprehensive examination that covers the breadth of Medical Toxicology,  Each examination appointment is approximately eight hours in length, with approximately six hours and twenty minutes devoted to actual testing time.  Between 10% and 15% of the questions will have a pictorial stimulus.  The exam consists of 300 single-best-answer, positively-worded, multiple-choice questions.  The examination is administered at over 200 Pearson VUE professional computer-based testing centers throughout the United States.

    The Medical Toxicology Cognitive Expertise Examination is a criterion-referenced examination.  All candidates achieving a final score of 66 or greater will pass the examination.

    Content Specifications

    The 2012 Core Content of Medical Toxicology forms the basis of each of Medical Toxicology examinations.  The percentage distribution below describes the relative weight given to different content areas of the core content when constructing ABEM examinations.

     

    Medical Toxicology
    Certification Examination and Cognitive Expertise Examination 

    Percentage Distribution of Test Items by Core Content Area

    Effective Beginning with the 2014 Examinations

     

    Distribution of Items

    Principles of Toxicology (1.0)

    10%

         1.1 - 1.2

             Pharmacology/Toxicology (1.1)

             Molecular Components/Mechanisms (1.2)

     

         1.3-1.6

             Cytotoxic Mechanisms (1.3)

             Principles of Radiation (1.4)

             Mutagenesis and Carcinogenesis (1.5)

             Mechanisms of Reproductive                             Developmental Toxicology (1.6)

    7%

     

     

     

    3%

    Toxins and Toxicants (2.0)

    50%

        Drugs (2.1)

    22%

        Drugs of Abuse (2.2)

    6%

    Industrial, Household, and          Environmental Toxicants (2.3)

    15%

        Natural Products (2.4)

    5%

         Warfare and Terrorism (2.5)

    1%

        Radiological (2.6)

    1%

    Clinical Assessment (3.0)

    10%

    Therapeutics (4.0)

    10%

    Assessment and Population Health (5.0)

    10%

    Analytical and Forensic Toxicology (6.0)

    10%