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Internal Medicine-ITE & ABIM Certification Exam


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Med School Tutors' ABIM Certification Exam tutors are super-achievers who have excelled in internal medicine residency clinical rotations, In-Training Exams, and certification exams. They are experts in identifying an arsenal of effective resources, developing an efficient study schedule, and getting measurable results.


Whether you’re prepping for the ITE or looking for help balancing rotations and board exam preparation, please reach out for your free phone consultation to find a tutor who will be the perfect fit for you.


When is the ABIM Certification Exam Offered?

The ABIM Internal Medicine Certification Exam is offered annually during one week in August.

ABIM Exam registration runs from December to April (make sure to register early to ensure you get a spot at a testing site that is convenient for you!). The test dates are:


August 17, 18, 20, 26, 28 and 31, with the addition of December 14 and 15, 2020.



August 16, 17, 20, 23, 24 and 30, 2021.


Need more info? Jump to our Board Updates by Specialty section.


Content on the Internal Medicine Board Certification Exam is vast.

The ABIM Certification encompasses the spectrum of internal medicine practice. Cardiovascular disease consistently ranks as the highest yield speciality on the exam but expect a few questions from ophthalmology and dental medicine to keep you on your toes. The best thing you can do is start your prep in advance — don't fall into the trap of putting off your studies until the last minute, especially if you have had any trouble on an ITE.


How Long is the ABIM Certification Exam?

The ABIM Certification exam consists of a ~10 hour test day with four 2-hour blocks that each include ~60 multiple choice questions.

The vast majority of IM board certification exam questions will be clinical vignettes which require you to synthesize a history and physical exam and then order and interpret test results, make a diagnosis, or recommend treatment. Questions can include photographs of physical exam findings, EKGs, radiology, or other media that have to be considered when choosing the best answer choices.


How is the ABIM Exam Scored?

Scoring for the ABIM Certification exam is based on a 200-800 standardized score scale.

The cumulative data of all Advanced Boards test-takers is assessed during a three month review period to develop a standard passing score, which varies slightly from year to year. Although, strictly speaking, the exam is pass/fail, you will receive a standardized score as well as a breakdown of your performance on various subspecialties. In 2019, 91% of first-time test takers passed their exam.

How to Prepare for the ABIM Certification Exam

If you’re preparing for the ABIM Certification Exam then you probably have an impressive range of standardized test-taking experiences. From the USMLE Steps to the In-Training Exam (ITE), you will have a range of resources and experiences to draw on as you prepare for the certification exam.


Nevertheless, preparing for the ABIM Certification Exam carries some unique challenges, such as:

• Balancing exam preparation with a demanding resident’s schedule.
• Fewer resources compared to other standardized exams in medicine.
• Reviewing low frequency pathologies or clinical scenarios that you might not have encountered often during your residency training.

Given these unique challenges, it is important to find an ally as you prepare for your certification exam.


Schedule Your IM-ITE / ABIM Consult


Resident Mentoring

You completed the race through medical school, spent countless hours studying for the steps, and scored a spot in a fast-paced residency program. You knew intern year and residency would be tough, but sometimes you need an objective set of eyes on the skills you are developing as a young doctor. Med School Tutors offers residency mentoring for residents in all stages of their post-graduate training. Here are some examples of how our outstanding tutors can help you through one of the highest stress steps of your medical training:


• Skills development — Practice non-optional skills essential to top performance as an intern or resident. Learn to pre-round efficiently, present a critical care patient, or rapidly develop a differential diagnosis on an undifferentiated patient.

• Content knowledge — Have a cardiac critical care rotation coming up and really want to shine? Schedule a session to review EKGs, pressor management, and pulmonary artery cath pressures so you’ll be able to hit the ground running on the first day of your rotation. Learn content that you’ll be able to put to good use on the boards and in the wards.

• Career planning — Whether you’ve wanted to be a nephrologist since you were six years old or are still on the fence about fellowship versus general practice, you can receive guidance on the next steps in your career from tutors who have been there. Additionally, MST tutors can offer expert-level counseling on fellowship applications and personal statements.


Residency is tough. We’ve been there. Reach out today for a consultation with our team to find out how we can support you through it!

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Program Directors


Our personalized one-on-one tutoring is tailored to each resident's schedule, areas of weakness, and goals. Below, we've listed the different areas in which we provide institutional support:


In-Training & ABIM Certification Exam Prep for At-Risk Residents

We specialize in helping struggling residents not only increase their overall mastery, but also to identify why they're struggling and to address any disconnects between their knowledge and skills, and the application on their ITE or ABIM certification exams. Whether it's addressing testing strategies and testing anxiety, or spending time on content mastery, we ensure your at-risk residents are set up for success. Our students have achieved top scores and have consistently reported increased test-taking confidence, setting them up for long term career success.


Resident Peer Mentoring

We assist residents who need reinforcement in skills development, content knowledge or career planning. In addition to these areas, MST tutors can also consult residents in preparing all elements of a successful fellowship application.

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Boards Updates by Specialty:

Graduate medical education is constantly evolving, so we've compiled a list of the different Boards here for easy reference for updates, etc.


ABA — American Board of Anesthesiology | Certification Exams


ABD — American Board of Dermatology | Residents and Fellows


ABEM — American Board of Emergency Medicine | Become Certified


ABFM — American Board of Family Medicine | Become Certified


ABIM — American Board of Internal Medicine | Becoming Certified


ABOG — American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology | Certification Overview


ABOP — American Board of Ophthalmology | Become Certified


ABPN — American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology | Become Certified


ABS — American Board of Surgery | Training & Certification



How Med School Tutors Helps:

Med School Tutors was the first company to specialize in one-on-one tutoring for the USMLEs and COMLEX. Our track record of 14+ years of student successes is indicative of our dedication to our students, and to the personal touch and excellence across our team.


Whether you would like targeted weekly tutoring, "on demand" Pay-As-You-Go help, or a one-time planning session to strategize your board exam approach, we guarantee that you will be happy with the tutor you are matched with. If not, we'll re-pair you with another tutor right away.


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