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The American Board of Dermatology (ABD) is one of 24 medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties. The ABD was incorporated in 1932 to elevate and maintain the standards of this specialty. The mission of the ABD is to serve the public by setting high standards for dermatologists to earn and maintain Board certification. The American Board of Dermatology is a voluntary, non-profit, private, autonomous organization formed for the primary purpose of protecting the public interest by establishing and maintaining high standards of training, education and qualifications of physicians rendering care in dermatology. The objective of all of its activities is to provide assurance that a diplomate of the Board possesses and maintains the knowledge and skills essential for the provision of superior, specialized care to patients with cutaneous diseases.
CORE Examination (for Dermatology Residents)
Late Winter delivery dates: Saturday, February 15 or Saturday, February 22
Summer delivery dates: Thursday July 16 through Saturday, July 25
Fall delivery dates: Thursday November 12 through Saturday, November 21
Candidates take the exam via Pearson VUE’s OnVUE online proctored in a private, secure location, using a webcam-equipped computer. Create an account and schedule an appointment »
For candidates without access to a properly equipped computer, a limited number of appointments are available at Pearson VUE Professional Centers. Create an account and schedule an appointment »
MOC/Recertification Examination (for Diplomates of the ABD)
Spring delivery dates: April 1 - May 31
Fall delivery dates: September 1 - October 31
Candidates take the exam one of two ways:
- At a Pearson VUE Professional Center. Create an account and schedule an appointment.
- In a private, secure location, using a webcam-equipped computer, via OnVUE online proctored (aka Remote Proctor). Create an account and schedule an appointment »
Pediatric Dermatology Subspecialty Examination (for Diplomates of the ABD, seeking subspecialty certification)
Delivery date: Wednesday, October 16
Candidates take the exam at a Pearson VUE Professional Center. Create an account and schedule an appointment.