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Board of Certification in Psychiatry

The Board of Certification in Psychiatry has postponed the acceptance of new applications for the Initial Certification exam.   Please click here for more information.

The ABPS’ psychiatry board certification exams enable successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in psychiatry. Completing the psychiatry board certification exams indicates mastery of psychiatric experience and knowledge, as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.

The psychiatry board certification examination process consists of written and oral exams.

The format of the written exam is multiple-choice, single-response questions. The questions are developed and validated by Diplomates of the Board of Certification in Psychiatry under the direction of American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), and psychometric consultants.

If successful in passing the written portion of the psychiatry board certification exams, the candidate will advance to the oral exam.

The oral exam of the psychiatry board certification exams consists of three to five case presentations in which the candidate describes his/her approach to managing a case presented by an examiner. Trained examiners who are board certified in psychiatry conduct the oral exam.