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ABIM Offers New Adult Congenital Heart Disease Certificate

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:15

The American Board of internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) are pleased to provide updated information on ABIM's new area of certification: Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD), which is designed to recognize the qualifications of physicians who are specialists in the care of a wide range of adult patients with congenital heart disease.

  • The ACHD exam will be administered by ABIM biennially in the fall and the first administration will occur on October 20, 2015. Registration will become available next year in March 2015.
  • The exam will be offered to qualified ABIM diplomates as well as those from the ABP. Eligibility requirements will be the same for ABIM and ABP candidates, though ABP candidates must first request a candidate number from ABIM starting in March 2015. Detailed instructions for getting an ABIM number will be available on the ABIM website by early next year. All other ABIM program deadlines apply to both ABIM and ABP candidates.
  • After registering, applicants will be sent a letter from ABIM authorizing them to schedule a test center appointment with Pearson VUE.
  • The exam blueprint is available on the ABIM website.
  • For the first three certification exams (2015, 2017 and 2019), ABIM will offer two pathways for admission:
    • The practice pathway is available only to candidates who complete the training required for certification in Cardiovascular Disease or Pediatric Cardiology prior to 7/1/16.
    • The training pathway involves satisfactory completion of the training required for certification in Cardiovascular Disease or Pediatric Cardiology, plus 24 months of adult congenital heart disease fellowship training, including 18 months of full-time clinical training.

You can learn more by visiting the ABIM website.