• Sports Medicine Certification Examination Requirements and Process

    Physicians whose Sports Medicine subspecialty certification applications are accepted as fulfilling the Sports Medicine Eligibility Criteria for Certification and Recertification  are offered an assignment to the examination.



    ABEM mails an examination registration form to all physicians whose applications are accepted as fulfilling the eligibility criteria.  Physicians must formally accept the examination assignment by returning the examination registration form.  Deadlines dates for submitting the registration form to ABEM are included in the registration materials.

    Sports Medicine Certification Examination Description

    Important Dates and Information

    All candidates must bring two forms of identification to the examination site. One must be a government-issued photo ID with a signature and one other form such as a wallet size medical license registration, controlled substance registration, etc.

    Scoring The Examination

    The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is the administering Board for the Sports Medicine subspecialty certification examination.  Candidates should contact ABFM if they have questions related to scoring the examination or questions about their specific scores.

    Results Communication

    ABEM sends candidates the results of their examination via United States mail within 90 days of the date of the examination. Examination results will only be forwarded to candidates in writing. ABEM will not confirm examination results by telephone or fax.

    Next Steps

    If an ABEM candidate fails the Sports Medicine subspecialty certification examination, the Policy on Maintaining Open and Active Subspecialty Certification Applications outlines the process available to retake the examination.

    ABEM awards certificates to its candidates who pass the Sports Medicine subspecialty examination. Certification in Sports Medicine is for a period of ten years. The certificates are dated from the date of the examination results letter and expire December 31 ten years hence. The diplomate's Emergency Medicine certification must be valid in order for the subspecialty certification to remain valid.

    ABEM sends the names of its diplomates and the names of diplomates from other non-sponsoring American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member boards who are certified in Sports Medicine to the ABMS for publication in the official ABMS Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists.  The ABMS website also lists diplomate names and their specialty and subspecialty certifications.