Family  Medicine Item Writing Needs

This resource information is only intended for use by registered ABPS subject matter experts.

Updated May 2023

When writing new items, we ask that you focus on areas of greatest need, as indicated by the table below:

Category Number of Items Needed
1 Allergies / Immunology 6
2 Alternative Medicine  
3 Cardiovascular Diseases
4 Dermatology
5 Domestic Violence 10
6 Endocrinology
7 Epidemiology  
8 Gastroenterology 8
9 General Surgery 5
10 Geriatrics 11
11 Hematology / Oncology
12 Infectious Diseases
13 Medical and Surgical Emergencies 7
14 Neurology
15 Nutrition 9
16 Obstetrics / Gynecology  
17 Occupational Medicine 9
18 Ophthalmology
19 Orthopedics  
20 Otorhinolaryngology 15
21 Pathology – Tissue and Laboratory Values 16
22 Pediatrics
23 Preventive Medicine 12
24 Psychiatry 8
25 Public Health 6
26 Radiology 10
27 Renal Diseases 6
28 Respiratory Diseases
29 Rheumatology
30 Signs and Symptoms of Diseases 6
31 Sports Medicine 1
32 Urology 3
33 Ethics 2

If you are in need of assistance with your assignment, please contact Certification staff at

Click here for the ABPS Item Writing Guide.

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