Initial Medical Board Certification Fees

Submitting Your Application

Only the application fee is due at the time of application submission.

ABPS cannot accept prepayment of any examination fees before the candidate has been approved by the Board to sit for the examination. Candidates will be billed the examination fees, at a later date, as part of their registration process for each specific examination (written or oral).  Please note, all application fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

IMPORTANT! Candidates for Written and Oral examinations are responsible for arranging and direct remittance of all related travel and hotel accommodations and expenses. ABPS will not be held responsible for expenses incurred beyond the cost of the exam, including but not limited to travel expenses and lost wages on the day of the exam.

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Specialty Application Fee CBT Exam Fee Oral Exam Fee
Anesthesiology $750.00 $1,400.00 $1,600.00
Dermatology** $750.00 $1,950.00  –
Diagnostic Radiology $750.00 $1,400.00 $1,600.00
Disaster Medicine** $800.00 $1,600.00 $1,900.00
Emergency Medicine** $750.00 $1,600.00 $1,540.00
Family Medicine Obstetrics** $750.00 $1,600.00 $1,600.00
Family Medicine** $750.00 $1,950.00
Hospital Medicine** $750.00 $1,900.00
Integrative Medicine** $750.00 $1,950.00
Internal Medicine $750.00 $1,950.00
Orthopedic Surgery $750.00 $1,400.00 $1,600.00
Urgent Care** $750.00 $1,400.00    –

**For special 2017 pricing based on varying application deadlines for the October 2017 specialty examinations, go to ‘Board Certifications’, then the applicable specialty’s homepage and click on the Exam Process, Dates, and Fees page link located in the side menu.

Payment Methods

If paying by check or money order, please make payable to ABPS.  If paying by credit card, ABPS accepts American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover.

Retake Fees

Candidates are permitted to take each of the written examinations and oral examinations (applicable only to the specialties requiring oral examinations), as many as three times in order to pass.

The retake fee for initial certification written exams is $800. Candidates are required to pay the full exam fee for each oral exam attempt.

Certification Management Fee (CMF)

Once certified, all ABPS Diplomates are required to remit the Certification Management Fee (CMF).  The CMF is an annual fee that supports the management and governance of the ABPS certification and recertification programs. The fee also supports day-to-day operations of each specialty board, including maintenance of certification standards, board administration, advocacy and brand awareness. Additionally, the CMF defrays the cost to advise and attest to a physician’s board certification status with hospitals and managed care organizations.

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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.

I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine