• Medical Toxicology - Cognitive Expertise Examination Requirements and Process


    Status with Home Board
    The Medical Toxicology subspecialty is co-sponsored by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), and the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM).  The board through which a physician receives Medical Toxicology certification is known as the home board.  The home board is responsible for setting Medical Toxicology eligibility criteria for its diplomates and for ensuring that diplomates are eligible to take the cognitive expertise examination.

    Only Medical Toxicology diplomates and former diplomates who meet their home board’s eligibility criteria may take the Medical Toxicology cognitive expertise examination.

    Requirements for ABEM Medical Toxicology Diplomates and Former Diplomates
    Medical Toxicology Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements for diplomates and former diplomates whose Medical Toxicology certification was earned through ABEM, including requirements for taking the cognitive expertise examination, can be found in the document, Medical Toxicology Maintenance of Certification Program

    Registration and Scheduling Process

    ABP and ABPM Medical Toxicology Diplomates
    Physicians whose home boards for Medical Toxicology are ABP or ABPM will apply and register for the Medical Toxicology cognitive expertise examination through their home board.  During each home board’s application/registration period, they will periodically send ABEM a list of physicians they have approved to take the examination.  ABEM will notify the physician when he or she may call Pearson VUE, ABEM’s testing vendor, to schedule an appointment to take the examination.

    ABEM Medical Toxicology Diplomates
    Physicians whose Medical Toxicology home board is ABEM may register for the Medical Toxicology cognitive expertise examination through the ABEM website, www.abem.org,  starting in the early spring of each even-numbered year.   View Medical Toxicology Exam Dates and Fees for specific registration and scheduling periods and examination dates. 

    Diplomates should use their ABEM user ID and password to sign in from the ABEM website.  Physicians whose Medical Toxicology certificates were issued by ABEM may obtain their user IDs and passwords online by clicking on the link, “need user ID or password?”  When sign-in is complete, physicians should select the button, “Medical Toxicology MOC,” then “Register or Take a Test.” 

    There are five steps in the online registration process:

    1. Select the Medical Toxicology cognitive expertise examination.
    2. Update medical license information and affirm that your medical license(s) comply with ABEM’s Policy on Medical Licensure.
    3. Verify that your contact information is correct.
    4. 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 examination fees.
    5. Review billing information to make sure it is correct. 

    When registration is complete, physicians will see the information needed to schedule an appointment to take the examination with Pearson VUE testing centers.  Physicians will be sent a follow-up email notifying them that they may call Pearson VUE to schedule their appointment.  If 24 hours have passed without receiving this email, physicians should call Pearson VUE to schedule.  View information about Pearson VUE.

    Physicians receive their choice of test site on a first-come-first-served basis and seating at each test site is limited.  Physicians are strongly encouraged to register and schedule early.

    Taking the Medical Toxicology Cognitive Expertise Examination

    Physicians are expected to appear on time for their Medical Toxicology cognitive expertise 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 fingerprint 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 and beverages, computers and electronic information storage system devices; hand-held, pocket and laptop computers, and any similar devices; watches, cell phones, PDAs, beepers, pagers, cameras, tape or CD players or recorders, calculators and timepieces with calculators; coats, backpacks, briefcases, purses, wallets, and “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 will receive the results of their Medical Toxicology cognitive expertise examination from their home board.