About the BCD Exam for Board Certification in Dermatology

Dermatology ExamThe exam for the Board of Certification in Dermatology (BCD) consists of written multiple choice questions. Candidates must pass the computer-based, written exam in order to achieve board certification. The exam is offered twice a year, in May and November, at testing centers throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

The exam consists of approximately 200 multiple choice questions, broken down by clinical and surgical category, that are selected by BCD diplomates as relevant and indicative of a physician’s skill and experience in dermatology. Here are the categories a test taker might see covered on the written exam:

  • Dermapathology stains
  • Allergy/immunology
  • Embryology
  • Clinical infectious disease
  • Clinical neoplasm (benign/malignant)
  • Clinical papulosquamous
  • Pharmacology
  • And more

Study references are available in PDF form by clicking this link. More details about the exam are available here. To learn more about the BCD exam or eligibility requirements, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.



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