Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

June 11, 2020 (updated June 24, 2020)

Update for Candidates for September and October 2020 Specialty and Subspecialty Initial Certification Exams
During these challenging times, the ABPN is working with Pearson VUE and monitoring test center availability for all Fall 2020 exams on a continuous basis. At this time, the ABPN does not plan to make any changes to the Fall Exam Schedule.

Pearson VUE is closely monitoring the situation and making test center operation decisions in accordance with local laws. View Pearson VUE’s Coronavirus Test Delivery Information page for more information. Please note that some Pearson VUE test centers are operating at limited capacity to comply with social distancing requirements in certain areas to provide a safe testing experience. Pearson VUE customer service is also experiencing high call volumes.

Once scheduling is open for your exam, ABPN suggests that you try to schedule your appointment using your personal Pearson web account, as telephone wait times have been longer than usual. If you are unable to schedule a testing appointment within 50 miles of the address in your Folios account during the regular testing window, please email ABPN at questions@abpn.com and we will be happy to assist you.

Individual detailed scheduling information for the Fall 2020 Initial Certification Exams will be emailed to candidates on these dates:

Exam Scheduling Information Emailed Exam Scheduling Begins
Psychiatry Certification July 7, 2020 July 9, 2020
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Certification July 7, 2020 July 9, 2020
Neurology Certification July 7, 2020 July 16, 2020
Child Neurology Certification July 7, 2020 July 16, 2020
Addiction Psychiatry Certification August 13, 2020 August 17, 2020
Geriatric Psychiatry Certification August 13, 2020 August 17, 2020
Epilepsy Certification August 20, 2020 August 24, 2020
Neuromuscular Medicine Certification August 20, 2020 August 24, 2020
Vascular Neurology Certification August 20, 2020 August 24, 2020

Thank you for your patience with exam scheduling.  We will keep candidates informed of any changes via email so please be sure your most recent email address is listed in your Physician Folios account.

May 13, 2020

Announcement for Candidates for September and October 2020 Specialty and Subspecialty Initial Certification Exams
Currently, the ABPN does not plan to make any changes to the Fall Exam Schedule. By early July, the ABPN will reassess the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the availability of testing dates at Pearson VUE facilities and make a determination if any changes or adjustments to the schedule need to be made. We will continue to keep you updated through this website and by email.

Thank you for your patience with this evolving situation.

April 16, 2020

ABPN Grant Allows Diplomates Complimentary Access to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Spring Highlights Meeting 2020 (updated June 1, 2020)
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the ABPN have collaborated, through an unrestricted educational grant from the ABPN, to provide diplomates with complimentary programming to satisfy ABPN Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Self-Assessment CME activity requirements.

ABPN diplomates have complimentary access to:

Registration is required to receive CME and MOC credit.

ABPN Grant for AAN 2019 Meeting Programming Allows Diplomates Complimentary Access
On April 2, 2020, ABPN announced it has collaborated with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), through a grant from the ABPN, to provide diplomates with complimentary access to 2019 AAN meeting programming. Click here to read our announcement.

ABPN Makes Donation to #GetUsPPE Initiative
ABPN has made a donation to #GetUsPPE, a coalition working to build a national, centralized platform to enable communities to get PPE to healthcare providers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The monetary donation helps fund protective equipment purchases and delivery to healthcare workers in need. To learn more or to donate, go to getusppe.org.

April 13, 2020

The ABPN is announcing additional support for our diplomates during this difficult time. Effective immediately, the Continuing Certification requirements have been updated to add more flexibility to the Continuing Certification (CC)/MOC Program. ABPN will provide the following options if a diplomate is unable to sit for their scheduled Continuing Certification (CC)/MOC exam in 2020 or complete CC/MOC activity requirements in 2020 due to the current healthcare crisis:

  • For diplomates whose specialty or subspecialty certificates would have expired in 2020, we will defer the 2020 Continuing Certification(CC)/MOC exam requirement for one year until December 31, 2021. Therefore, certificates expiring in 2020 will be extended to the end of 2021. This extension does not include certificates that lapsed prior to February 1, 2020.
  • For diplomates enrolled in the Pilot Project and scheduled to complete all article assessments in 2020, we will extend their article assessment completion date to December 15, 2021.
  • For diplomates currently in the CC Program, we will not change a certification status negatively even if there are insufficient or incomplete activities (CME, Self-Assessment or PIP) recorded in Physician Folios at the end of 2020. Incomplete CC Program activities will be deferred until the end of 2021.

For those diplomates who have certificates expiring in 2020:

  • As of now, we still plan on offering ABPN examinations this year. Diplomates with certificates expiring in 2020 are not required to take a deferment and may still choose to sit for the CC/MOC exam or complete the Pilot article assessments this year.
  • You will be contacted by the ABPN about next steps on how to elect for a deferment, if needed:
    • Before May 1, 2020 (for approved subspecialty CC/MOC exam applicants) and
    • Before June 1, 2020 (for primary specialty CC/MOC exam applicants)

We want to reassure our diplomates that their certification status will not be negatively impacted by this healthcare crisis. The ABPN remains committed to supporting you and thanks you for all that you do to care for your patients and for each other.

April 2, 2020 Announcements

March 27, 2020 Announcements

March 18, 2020

From ABPN President and CEO Larry Faulkner, MD

ABPN senior leadership has been actively monitoring the events and circumstances surrounding the spread of COVID-19 and the impact on our candidates, diplomates, and volunteers. After several large medical institutions announced domestic travel bans and acknowledging the uncertainty of an evolving level of public concern, extremely difficult decisions had to be made that resulted in the postponement and cancellation of some planned events.

We appreciate your patience during this chaotic time. We will continue to carefully evaluate the situation as it evolves.

As of today:

      1. We have cancelled all in-house meetings until at least the end of May and are preparing to conduct those meetings by conference calls and webinars. (updated April 2, 2020)
      2. We have decided to reschedule our Crucial Issues Forum on Supporting and Promoting Women in Academic Psychiatry and Neurology to 2021.
      3. We have cancelled all travel to off-site meetings through the end of May and will participate in crucial activities through conference calls and webinars. (updated April 2, 2020)
      4. We have arranged for our staff to work from home. We ask that all questions you may have be directed to questions@abpn.com.  An ABPN representative will get back to you within one business day.
      5. We have prepared communications to candidates and diplomates reassuring them that they will not be penalized for any delays or cancellations that take place for the Spring Continuing Certification examinations.
      6. We have posted a notice to Program Directors and Program Administrators regarding board eligibility and COVID-19.

We want everyone to be aware that their certification status will not be negatively impacted by this healthcare crisis.  We will continue to post updates on this page.

We are committed to supporting you during these challenging times and thank you for all that you do to care for your patients and for each other.

Respectfully,

Larry R. Faulkner, MD
President and CEO

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.

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