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Information About the ABAM Examination for Board Certification in Administrative Medicine

ABAM InformationTo become board certified in administrative medicine by the American Board of Administrative Medicine℠ (ABAM), candidates must successfully complete a computer-based written examination. This standardized exam for certification, which consists of 200 multiple choice questions, is intended to thoroughly test each candidate’s understanding and knowledge of the core concepts of the specialty, as defined by practitioners, instructors, and administrative medicine leaders. As the exam is rigorous, candidates should review study materials prior to the date of the test to ensure they are sufficiently prepared.

Here is a list of the subjects that candidates can expect to see on the ABAM examination, as well as an approximate percentage of how many of the exam’s questions will be dedicated to the corresponding subject:

  • Finance – 15 percent
  • Quality and Safety – 15 percent
  • Health Law/Corporate Compliance – 10 percent
  • Data Analytics and Information Integration – 10 percent
  • Health Policy – 10 percent
  • Governance – 10 percent
  • Professionalism/Leadership – 10 percent
  • Marketing, Strategy, and Business Development – 10 percent
  • Human Potential – 10 percent

While this list is not meant to be an exhaustive overview of the materials covered by the ABAM exam, it is intended to provide a general overview of the types of materials that will be covered in the test.

Each examination is scored against predetermined standards of acceptable performance utilizing modified Angoff procedures to establish the minimum passing score. Successful completion of the written examination earns the candidate board certification through the ABAM and Diplomate status with the American Board of Physician Specialties® and the American Association of Physician Specialists®.

To learn more about the written examination for board certification that is offered by the ABAM, contact us today.