Pain Medicine (PM) Certification Examination

Pain medicine is the medical discipline concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of the entire range of painful disorders. Because of the vast scope of the field, pain medicine is a multidisciplinary subspecialty. The expertise of several disciplines is brought together in an effort to provide the maximum benefit to each patient. Although the care of patients is heavily influenced by the initial specialty of physicians who subspecialize in pain medicine, each member of the pain treatment team understands the anatomical and physiological basis of pain perception, the psychological factors that modify the pain experience, and the basic principles of pain medicine.

The PM 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 pain 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.