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ABIM Internal Medicine Boards Certification Examination

American Board of Internal Medicine ABIM, certification examination is usually given in the month of August each year. The certification exam is given to Physicians who have graduated from Internal Medicine Residency programs. The Internal Medicine recertification exam is given to Internists already in clinical practice, who have been board certified in the past. This web page will review some important information on registering for the ABIM exam, Internal medicine board review courses, study materials and tips on taking the ABIM board exam.

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ABIM exam is a one-day, high stress ordeal. The exam consists of several sessions over a ten hour period. You can apply for the ABIM exam online (with credit card payment fast and easy) or by mailing a completed application form. Once your ABIM exam application is accepted, you will receive a post card confirming this fact. Apply for ABIM Internal Medicine exam online.

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2011 & 2012 ABIM Internal Medicine exam Schedule

  • 2011 ABIM Exam (Note: Dates are subject to change.) August 9, 10, 12, 15, 17 or 24, 2011.
  • Dec 1, 2010 to Feb 1, 2011 = Register for ABIM 2011 exam (application fee $1,345).
  • Feb 2, 2011 to March 1, 2011 = Late registration ($1,345 + $400 extra late fee)
  • June 1, 2011 = Deadline for cancellations (Refunds 85% to 50%)
  • November 2011 = ABIM exam results are mailed.


  • 2012 ABIM Exam dates: August 6, 7, 13, 15, 16 or 22, 2012

Change of ABIM exam center and mailing address

When you apply for the ABIM Internal medicine board exam, you probably do not know where you will be working in August. Your current address may change once you finish your Medical residency at the end of June. You can change your address online at ABIM website. This will ensure that your admission permit and ABIM exam results are mailed to the correct address. Though ABIM gives Nov 15, as the mailing date for the board exam results, most Residents and Physicians receive their results earlier.


Permanent medical licensure required for ABIM exam?

The ABIM instruction booklet says "Valid, unrestricted medical license required" to sit for the boards. However, some residents have, in the past, applied and taken the ABIM exam without a permanent medical license. However, ABIM looks for your residency program director's letter saying that you have successfully completed your Internal Medicine residency. In other words, ABIM makes sure that you are eligible to get a Permanent medical licensure and eligible to sit for the board exam. It is in your best interest to obtain a permanent medical license at the earliest.


USMLE Step 3 - is it required for ABIM exam?

Yes, you should have completed the USMLE Step 3 exam. So plan to take the Step 3 exam early in your second year of medical residency (PGY 2). If you get a high score, this will also help you in your Fellowship search.



Procedures required by ABIM for completion of Internal medicine residency

ABIM Internal Medicine Boards - Required Procedural Skills

The minimum number of procedures recommended is given in parenthesis. These procedures must be done under direct supervision of the attending physician and must have been successful procedures (not attempts).

  • Abdominal paracentesis (3)
  • Arterial puncture (ABG) (5)
  • Arthrocentesis of the knee (3)
  • Central venous line placement (5)
  • Lumbar puncture (5)
  • Nasogastric intubation (NG tube) (3)
  • Thoracentesis (5)
  • Pelvic exam, Pap smear and endocervical culture (5)
  • Rectal exam (5)
  • Breast exam (5)
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