Since the publication of the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) in 2013, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) has been engaged in a three-year conversion program to gradually and systematically adapt the specifications and content of its computer-delivered certification and maintenance of certification (MOC) examinations to conform to DSM-5 classifications and diagnostic criteria.
In keeping with this conversion program, all examinations in 2014 used DSM-IV-TM classifications and diagnostic criteria only. In 2015 and 2016, all examinations used classifications and diagnostic criteria that had not changed from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5. For these diagnoses, both DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5 diagnoses were provided on the examinations.
2017 is the end of this three-year conversion program. Starting in 2017, all specifications and content of all ABPN computer-delivered examinations will be based solely on DSM-5. No DSM-IV-TM classifications and diagnostic criteria will be applicable.