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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Confidentiality of American Board of Dermatology (ABD) Testing

The ABD administers several tests during dermatology residency. During PGY2 it offers the BASIC exam (no passing score) for PGY2 residents and programs to measure knowledge compared to PGY2 residents at other programs. During PGY3 and PGY4 CORE exams are administered in four subject areas (general dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and dermatologic surgery). Residents passing all 4 of these examinations are eligible to take the APPLIED Board Certification Examination. The ABD’s policy regarding testing is:

“A resident’s BASIC Exam and CORE Exam results will not be shared by the ABD with anyone other than the candidate and the program. An individual candidate’s result on the APPLIED Exam will not be shared by the ABD with anyone other than the candidate. The ABD provides programs with a Program Performance Report, summarizing the overall performance of its residents on the APPLIED Exam, in a de-identified manner. Once certified by the ABD, a diplomate’s certification status will be available to the public. BASIC Exam and CORE Exam results are provided to help training programs assess a resident’s development as a dermatologist. Exam results may not to be shared with anyone outside of the clinical competency committee or Program Director without the written consent of the resident.”