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“Overall, the questions in the ABPM question bank are very comprehensive. They cover the majority of the topics that may be tested on in the ABPM examination. The explanations that are given after the question are great as well, so you not only learn the right answer but also why the other answers are incorrect. A must have for anyone taking the ABPM examination! ”L.K
The Qualification Exam is available for applicants who have concluded their residency training. Applicants must pass the Qualification Exam to gain board qualification.
As outlined by the ABPM, the following subject areas will be tested:
Podiatric Orthopedics (50%)
The Podiatric Orthopedics portion covers not only general orthopedic practice, but also topics such as patient comfort. Topics within podiatric orthopedics are generally weighted the same and include:
Podiatric Medicine (50%)
This Podiatric Medicine portion covers general medical knowledge and includes the following topics, all of which are weighted about the same:
Subject areas may include imaging, laboratory (including gait studies), pharmacology and special considerations in pediatric and geriatric patients.
The above subject areas will be tested through 8 separate clinical scenarios. Examinees are provided initial patient information and other relevant clinical material from which to work through the case.
The qualifying exam is a very standard MCQ (multiple choice) format consisting of 200 questions. It is always single best answer and the questions are not meant to be tricky. For the qualification/written exam, the questions are configured to test knowledge and not meant to create impossible to decipher decision making. In general, focus on your initial impression of the right answer.
For practice questions, we first suggest going through the practice questions published on the ABPM app. You'll find a small sample of questions that are excellent preparation for the format of the exam. While it offers only a limited number of sample questions compared to the 200 questions on the actual exam, these questions are good exposure to how the board questions are written. The BoardVitals podiatry questions are offered in a similar format and do not include any formats you will not see on the actual ABPM exam.
Based on best estimates, the pass rate for the Podiatry qualification exam is approximately 85%. (Based on interviews and program specific information made available) The traditional written exam is difficult, but focusing on the right topics and taking practice questions over a several month period is shown to greatly improve performance.