Critical Care Medicine (CCM) Certification Examination

The critical care medicine physician is a specialist whose knowledge is of necessity broad, involving all aspects of management of the critically ill patient, and whose primary base of operation is the intensive care unit (ICU). This physician has completed training in an initial specialty and has received additional training in critical care medicine aspects of many disciplines. This background enables the physician to work in concert with the various specialists on the patient care team in the ICU; to utilize recognized techniques for vital support; to teach other physicians, nurses and health professionals the practice of intensive care; and to foster research.

The CCM Examination is a four-hour computer-based exam that consists of 200 multiple-choice questions, each with a single best answer. All 200 questions must be answered. The exam is designed to evaluate the candidate’s knowledge and clinical judgment in all areas specific to critical care medicine. It is administered by the ABA annually at Pearson VUE testing centers.

The ABA will grant up to 50 CME credits for 12 months of fellowship training in an ACGME-accredited subspecialty program, or in an anesthesiology subspecialty fellowship program sponsored by an ACGME-accredited anesthesiology program. To receive credit toward the MOCA® program, you need to have completed the fellowship in or after the year you received your initial certification in anesthesiology.