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.

Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine