ABIM suspends spring assessments

The following are excerpts from an alert that the American Board of Internal Medicine recently distributed to address the steps that it is taking to “ensure [that] sitting for an ABIM exam doesn’t unnecessarily put our diplomates’ or their co-workers’ health at risk, or pull them away from where they are needed most.”

– ABIM has decided to suspend all spring assessments. No physician will have their certification status negatively impacted because of this decision. Physicians scheduled to take a spring assessment will be contacted via email alerting them of this change, and we will provide them with individualized guidance on their options moving forward.

– ABIM is working with Pearson VUE, ABIM’s exam delivery provider, to ensure that there will be sufficient capacity for administrations later this year to accommodate all physicians who choose to take an assessment at that time. Diplomates can reschedule their exams on the ABIM Physician Portal. Call 800.441.ABIM or email request@abim.org with questions or for assistance. 

– Both ABIM and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) have notified program directors and designated institutional officials (DIOs) that they do not anticipate interruptions of training related to COVID-19 adversely affecting board eligibility for the vast majority of otherwise competent residents and fellows. ABIM’s recently clarified ‘Leave of Absence and Deficits in Required Training Time’ policies are in full effect and applicable to absences that might occur due to COVID-19.

ABIM COVID-19 web page