NOTE: This ABIM exam is administered by the American Board of Family Medicine
(ABFM). The exam lasts four hours.
Follow these procedures when registering to take the Sports Medicine
- You will register by completing and submitting an application form
online at ABIM's
Login page during the registration period.
- A confirmation page number will appear, indicating that you are
successfully registered. The confirmation page also will provide you with a
confirmation number, which is proof that your application has been
transmitted to ABIM. You should print and keep a copy of this page
for your records.
- Shortly after your application has been submitted, ABIM will forward
your information to the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). ABFM will
communicate with you explaining how to schedule a testing location and exam
with the ABFM computer testing administrator.
- Contact the American
Board of Family Medicine for information about test center locations and
changing exam dates.
Key Exam Dates
Results will be released within three months of the last test
date for this area.
Responsibility for Deadline Compliance - It is the sole
responsibility of the candidate to be aware of and comply with
registration deadlines. In fairness to all candidates, the Board
adheres firmly to its published deadlines for registration and late
registration for its examinations. Candidates are encouraged to
apply early in the registration period. All registration is done
|Exam (Note: Dates are subject to change.)
||July 9, 11-15, 18-22, 2012
||November 1, 2011
||January 1, 2012
|Late Registration (requires a non-refundable late fee)
||January 2, 2012
|Deadline Late Registration
||February 1, 2012
||May 1, 2012
Exam Content and Blueprint
Sports Medicine Exam Blueprint
The practice of sports medicine is the application of the physician's
knowledge, skills, and attitudes all persons engaged in sports and exercise.
The current description of the exam may be found on the American Board of
Family Medicine website. To view it:
- Go to the American
Board of Family Medicine website
- Under Certification / Recertification select Certification
- Select Examination Descriptions
- Select Sports Medicine Exam
The Sports Medicine Certification Program, jointly developed by the American
Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the
American Board of Family Medicine, and the American Board of
designed to recognize excellence among those with special expertise in this
field. The requirements for all Boards are similar. The examination will be
administered to candidates from all four boards at the same time in the same
testing centers. The American Board of Family Medicine is responsible for
administering the exam. The standard for passing the exam will be identical for
ABIM's examinations are confidential and copyrighted under the Federal
Copyright Act. Candidates agree not to copy, reproduce, reconstruct by dictation
or other means, or disclose examination content in any manner. ABIM's Self
Evaluation Process Medical Knowledge Modules are also copyrighted works.
Candidates agree not to copy, reproduce or make any adaptations of the modules
in any manner and not to assist someone else in the infringement of these or any
other Board-copyrighted works.
Scoring and Reporting of Exam Results
The examination pass-fail decision is based on your performance on the entire
examination. Unanswered questions are scored as incorrect; therefore, you should
answer every question. The minimum passing score reflects an absolute standard
that is independent of the performance of any group of candidates. This standard
has been established by the examination committee and approved by the ABIM Board
- After the exam is given, it will be analyzed and evaluated to ensure the
reliability of individual results.
- Your results will be released and a Score Report will be mailed to you
within three months of the last date of the exam in that area.
- ABIM website's Home Page will announce when exam results have been
released. No additional information is available until that time.
- You can obtain your pass/fail status for an exam in the exam history
section on your home page under
when results are released.
- Scores are provided through the mail only. Copies of your Score Report
will be maintained for two years from the date they were released. During
that period, you may obtain a copy of your Score Report upon written
- Questions regarding exam results should be submitted in writing within
six months of the date results were released.
Those who pass the examination are designated as certified as diplomates of
ABIM. The certificate is valid for ten years.
Maintenance of Certification is required for renewal of certificates. The
certificates are mailed directly from the engraver within three to four months
after candidates are notified of their results. Note: your current board
certification status is reported on your