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.



Save the Date
House of Delegates & Annual Scientific Meeting
Innovation & Overcoming Challenges
June 10-15, 2022
Patient Care Is Our Priority

Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine