Administrative Medicine Exam Description

ABAM ExamThe American Board of Administrative Medicine was developed by the American Board of Physician Specialties® to recognize physician leaders with extensive experience in the business-side of healthcare. Accordingly, a central component of the certification process is the successful completion of an examination that tests the candidate’s mastery of the core competencies of administrative medicine. The exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions and is administered over a four-hour period. There is only one correct answer for each question, and the exam is psychometrically sound ensuring that it is fair, accurate, and impartial.

The first step toward pursuing board certification through the ABAM is ensuring that you meet the eligibly requirements found here. If you are deemed eligible, you will have the opportunity to schedule your exam at an approved location during the designated testing block.

The ultimate goal of the examination is to identify physician candidates who are experts in a variety of topic areas that are essential in medical management. Below you will find the nine topic areas (or domains) that are tested in the exam, along with the approximate percentage of questions that you can expect to see regarding each domain:

  • 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

If you pass the examination, you will be awarded board certification and will become part of a fraternity of fellow physician leaders who represent the best and brightest in the field. Being a Diplomate of ABAM indicates a fulfillment of the highest achievement in demonstrating the core body of knowledge in physician management and governance. To learn more about the examination process, eligibility requirements, and advantages of board certification, contact us today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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