Pain Medicine (PM) Recertification Examination

The PM Recertification 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 diplomate’s knowledge and clinical judgment in all areas specific to pain medicine. It is administered by the ABA annually at Pearson VUE testing centers.
 

 

Options for Recertification:

The subspecialty recertification program is in the process of transitioning to Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology for Subspecialties, known as MOCA 2.0™.
 

If your PM certification expires on or before Dec. 31, 2016

You must pass the PM recertification exam in 2016 to prevent a lapse in your certification. We will offer the recertification exam in 2017 and 2018, if you need additional opportunities. When you pass the exam, you will be eligible to register for MOCA 2.0. If you do not pass the exam by Dec. 31, 2018, you will be required to reestablish eligibility for entrance into the initial subspecialty certification examination system (see the Subspecialty Certification Policy Book Section 3.07).
 

If your PM certification expires between Dec. 31, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2019

You have two options for recertification:

     OPTION 1:

     Register to take the PM recertification examination in 2016. This is the last year you can take the exam.  

  • If you pass the exam, you will register for MOCA 2.0 when your new certification becomes effective. You will have to complete the MOCA 2.0 requirements, including participation in MOCA Minute, when your new certificates become effective. However, you will not be required to pay the annual MOCA fee until 2027.

  • If you fail the exam, you will register for MOCA 2.0 in 2017. You will not be required to pay the annual MOCA fee until 2027; however, you must complete all MOCA 2.0 for subspecialties requirements, including participating in MOCA Minute, before your current certificate expires. Learn more about the MOCA 2.0 for subspecialties requirements.

     OPTION 2:
     If you forgo taking the exam, you will register for MOCA 2.0 in 2017 in your portal account. We will send specific registration instructions   
     later this year. After you register, you will complete all MOCA 2.0 requirements, including participating in MOCA Minute, before your
     current certificate expires. You will pay the annual MOCA 2.0 fee every year you participate in the program. Learn about MOCA 2.0 for 
     subspecialties
, which will launch in 2017.
 

If your PM certification expires on Dec. 31, 2020 or later, you will register for MOCA 2.0 for subspecialties in January 2017 to maintain your certification. Learn more about MOCA 2.0 for subspecialties.

 

Only Maintaining Subspecialty Certification

If you are only maintaining your subspecialty certification:

  • and it expires on Dec. 31, 2017, click here to see your MOCA 2.0 requirements.

  • and it expires on Dec. 31, 2018, click here to see your MOCA 2.0 requirements.

  • and it expires on Dec. 31, 2019, click here to see your MOCA 2.0 requirements.