About the ABDM Exam for Board Certification in Disaster Medicine

Disaster MedicineThe exam for the American Board of Disaster Medicine (ABDM) consists of a computer-based written portion and a session with the Medical Education Technologies, Inc. (METI®) patient simulator. The written portion is held at testing centers around the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico during month-long testing windows in May and November. The simulation portion takes place in March in Tampa, Florida.

The written portion of the ABDM exam for board certification in Disaster Medicine tests eligible physicians on a range of knowledge and skills, including:

  • Incident command system
  • Preparation and mitigation
  • Triage
  • Public health and safety
  • Support/assistance
  • Assessment and treatment
  • Psychosocial considerations
  • Communication and documentation
  • Pathology
  • Decontamination
  • And other areas of expertise

During the simulation portion, each METI simulator uses simulated bleeding, breathing, talking, blinking and numerous other physiological characteristics to simulate various medical emergency scenarios including heart attack, drug overdose, vehicular accidents, effects from weapons of mass destruction, bio-terrorism and other traumatic injuries.

To learn more about the ABDM exam, click here. For information about the eligibility requirements, contact the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS). The ABPS is the official multi-specialty certifying board of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.


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