Information About the ABAM Examination for Board Certification in Administrative Medicine

ABAM Information

To become board certified in administrative medicine by the American Board of Administrative Medicine℠ (ABAM), candidates must successfully complete a computer-based written examination. This exam, which consists of 150 multiple-choice items and is administered over a three-hour session, 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. ABAM exams are offered at a network of testing centers throughout the U.S. and Canada during a three-week-long testing window each year in October. As the exam is rigorous, candidates should review study materials prior to the date of the test to ensure they are sufficiently prepared.

Subjects That the ABAM Certification Exam Covers

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

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. The aim is to help candidates who may wish to prepare more in a specific area of the exam that they may not be as familiar with. Candidates can find a list of study references by clicking here. All items that appear on ABAM exams have been written based on the material presented in these study references.

How the ABAM Exam Is Scored

Each ABAM exam question has four potential responses but only one correct answer, and each exam is scored against predetermined standards of acceptable performance utilizing modified Angoff procedures to establish the minimum passing score. Candidates will receive score reports indicating their pass/fail status on the written exam. Candidates who fail are provided a breakdown of their performance by subject content domains. A candidate who is successful in passing the exam earns board certification through the ABAM and Diplomate status with the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS.

Retaking the ABAM Certification Exams

A candidate may take the written ABAM exam as many as three times to attain a passing score. Candidates who are not successful in passing the exam within the number of allowable attempts may reapply for certification by completing a new application and meeting all the requirements in effect at the time the new application is submitted.

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


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