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Topic Categories and Professional Journal Article Lists

The following topic categories and journal articles for both specialty and subspecialty certifications are now available for review for the Article-Based Continuing Certification (ABCC) Pathway that begins in 2022. Four ABPN specialty certifications and nine ABPN subspecialty certifications are included below. Click on the appropriate link to view certification topics and/or article lists as pdf documents:

Available Certifications Topic Categories Journal Article Lists w/ Links Status
Psychiatry Psychiatry Topics Psychiatry Articles Currently live. Articles available through December 31, 2021
Neurology Neurology Topics Neurology Articles Currently live. Articles available through December 31, 2021
Child Neurology Child Neurology Topics Child Neurology Articles Currently live. Articles available through December 31, 2021
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Topics Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Articles Currently live. Articles available through December 31, 2021
Addiction Psychiatry (2022) Addiction Psychiatry Topics Addiction Psychiatry ABCC Articles Articles going live January 15, 2022
Clinical Neurophysiology (2022) Clinical Neurophysiology Topics Clinical Neurophysiology ABCC Articles Articles going live January 15, 2022
Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (2022) Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Topics Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry ABCC Articles Articles going live January 15, 2022
Epilepsy (2022) Epilepsy Topics Epilepsy ABCC Articles Articles going live January 15, 2022
Forensic Psychiatry (2022) Forensic Psychiatry Topics Forensic Psychiatry ABCC Articles Articles going live January 15, 2022
Geriatric Psychiatry (2022) Geriatric Psychiatry Topics Geriatric Psychiatry ABCC Articles Articles going live January 15, 2022
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (2022) Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Topics Neurodevelopmental Disabilities ABCC Articles Articles going live January 15, 2022
Neuromuscular Medicine (2022) Neuromuscular Medicine Topics Neuromuscular Medicine ABCC Articles Articles going live January 15, 2022
Vascular Neurology (2022) Vascular Neurology Topics Vascular Neurology ABCC Articles Articles going live January 15, 2022

It is highly recommended that diplomates have access to the article prior to proceeding to open a set of article exam questions. Once the article questions are accessed, they need to be completed prior to proceeded to the next exam.

Diplomates are also invited to submit professional journal articles for possible inclusion within the Article Based Continuing Certification (ABCC) Pathway.

Some or all of these articles may be protected by copyright. Please refer to the publisher’s copyright notice and policies.

Note that the article lists with links provided are one option for obtaining journal articles. Reviewing designated articles through other means, including hard copies, is also acceptable for the ABCC Pathway. Articles and fee structures listed on this website are subject to change.

When accessing articles from publisher websites, we recommend that you download a copy of a file once and consult that copy when taking exams. Some sites may limit the amount of articles that you can access per month without a subscription; in those cases, downloading an article repeatedly may cause you to be blocked from accessing any articles until the next month begins.

If you are a member of a professional society (AACAP, AAN, APA, CNS), you may need to first log-in to your professional society’s website to allow the full article to appear.

Note for AACAP members: If you are an AACAP member, log in to your AACAP member account to access the Pilot Project articles available with your membership at www.aacap.org/pilotproject. If you need assistance, please contact CME@aacap.org. For questions about JAACAP or your member subscription, contact support@jaacap.org.

Note for AAN members: As of 2021, all articles selected from the journal Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology being used in the Neurology ABCC Pathway are free for AAN members to access. Articles can be accessed through the AAN Continuum website.

Note for APA members and ABPN diplomates: The APA designates the ABCC Pathway activity for a maximum of one AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per article. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The articles are complimentary to all diplomates via an ABPN educational grant (see various availability dates). Participants need to access the articles through an APA account. If you need assistance, please contact educme@psych.org.

Cost Categories

There are three categories of cost for ABCC journal articles:

  1. No Cost: You will be able to access and read the article without needing to pay a fee. (Note: a few articles may require that you register on a website before providing access to an article).
  2. Free to (AACAP, AAN, APA, CNS) Members: These articles are not open access, but are included free if you are a member of the noted professional organization.
  3. Purchase May Be Required: These articles are presently located behind a paywall. In order to access online, you will need to buy the article or have a subscription to the journal.

For articles that are listed as “Purchase May Be Required,” you may be able to access by other means:

  • If you are affiliated with a hospital or other medical institution, you may be able to access through their library.
  • You may be able to access for free or for a small fee through a local public library.
  • If you have a nearby medical school, you may be able to access through their library.

If the cost category for an article changes, we will update the list. Details about the ABCC Pathway, including the number of mini-examinations required for successful completion, can be found on this website in the Article-Based Continuing Certification (ABCC) Pathway section.