Disaster Medicine Simulation Examination

The Disaster Medicine Simulation Certification Examination is an opportunity for the Board to examine a candidate’s ability to diagnose and treat patients requiring intervention in both the field and hospital environments.

The scenarios presented are based upon real or hypothetical patients. Candidates will administer treatment to a Medical Education Technologies, Inc. (METI®) patient simulator as they would to a patient. 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, and effects from weapons of mass destruction, bio-terrorism, and other traumatic injuries.

The candidate is given 2 hours to complete two scenarios. To pass the examination, the candidate must score at least a 70% on each scenario.

Prior to the start of the exam, each candidate will participate in an orientation to the METI® patient simulator.

Retaking the Simulation Examination

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

Accommodations for Religious Reasons and Disabilities

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

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.

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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.

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Administrative Medicine
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.

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