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“BoardVitals offers an excellent set of Dermatology Board Review Questions… this question bank has the images, questions, and explanations that together make for an Excellent Dermatology Practice Exam.”

Tamara Lazic, MD, Attending
Department of Dermatology, Mount Sinai

Dermatology Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Pharmacology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pediatric
  • Genodermatoses
  • Basic Science and Immunology
  • Hair and Nails
  • Adnexal
  • Bullous
  • Dermatopathology
  • General Dermatology
  • Neoplasms
  • Rheumatic and Systemic Disease
  • Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology

Information about the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) Certifying Examination

What is covered on the ABD Certifying Exam?

According to the ABD Content Outline, the exam covers the following topics:

  1. Basic Science
  2. General/Medical Dermatology & Therapy
  3. Surgical Dermatology
  4. Pediatric Dermatology
  5. Office Management
  6. Ethics and Professionalism
  7. Laboratory Medicine

*Please note: Not every item on the content grid is represented equally on the test. There are percentages defined for each examination that are not specified in the current content outline.

For reference, the 2016 exam content was distributed as follows:

  • Basic Science 10%
  • Dermatopathology 19%
  • General Dermatology 39%
  • Pediatric Dermatology 12%
  • Surgical Dermatology 2%

What is the format of the ABD Certifying Exam?

The ABD Certifying exam is a singly day, 8 hour exam that is administered in two sections: Examination in Dermatopathology and Written Multiple Choice Examination in Dermatology

Examination in Dermatopathology

This section consists of 36 glass histopathologic slides that candidates must examine on microscopes provided by the Board in order to answer the questions. This section of the exam encompasses the entire spectrum of dermatopathology.

Written Multiple Choice Examination in Dermatology

This section is comprised of 300 multiple-choice questions (MCQ) that tests the candidate's knowledge of the basic science and clinical aspects of dermatology. Some questions will have images associated with them such as photographs of patients and drawings or photographs of organisms.

Applied Knowledge Items

On the 2016 Certification Exam, the ABD included a new question type known as Applied Knowledge items. To help Residents prepare, the ABD has compiled a set of sample Applied Knowledge items.

Dermatology Board Exam Tips

The vast majority of students that score at least 60% correct on our Dermatology practice questions pass the board exam. It is very rare for someone to exceed the average - 62% threshold on our exam - and not pass the boards. When using our question bank, a primary goal should be focusing on not performing in the lowest 20% of test takers. (Each question comes with an individual average score)

For further preparation use the Illustrated Study Guide by Sima Jain in tandem with our question bank. We’ve found that using the Dermatology question bank to drive topics of study is a highly effective use of your time.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education designates this Internet Enduring Material for a maximum of 70 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Further Dermatology CME info found here.