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Cognitive Expertise

Physicians seeking to maintain their certification must demonstrate, through formalized examinations at designated testing centers, that they have the fundamental clinical knowledge to provide quality care in their specialty.

Most specialties offer a multiple-choice computerized examination that is completed over one or two days that can be taken during the last years of a recertification cycle. Some specialty boards require an additional oral examination or allow members to take an oral examination in place of the written examination.

Refer to the Overview of Member Board Requirements for more information.