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“We’ve needed a HemOnc question bank for a while... glad it’s finally here. The topics in your question bank are similar to the HemOnc board exam and I’m grateful for the resource.”

Ben Steuben, MD
Pathology, Hematology, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Hematology and Oncology Question Bank Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Clinical Research, Ethics
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Other Solid Tumors
  • Breast Cancer
  • Anticancer Therapeutics
  • CNS, Head, and Neck Cancers
  • Genitourinary Cancer
  • Genetics and Tumor Biology
  • Transfusion Medicine
  • Hematopoietic System
  • Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
  • Hematologic Neoplastic Disorders
  • Coagulation
  • GI Tumors
  • Hematologic Neoplasms

Information about the ABIM Medical Oncology Certification Exam

What is covered on the Medical Oncology Certification Exam?

According to the ABIM Medical Oncology Certification exam blueprint, the exam covers the following topics:

  • Hematologic Neoplasms 14%
  • Thoracic Cancer 11%
  • Breast Cancer 13%
  • Genitourinary Cancer 11.5%
  • Gynecologic Cancer 4%
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer 13.5%
  • Skin Cancer, Sarcomas, and Unknown Primary Site 6%
  • Anticancer Therapeutics, Clinical Research Methodology, and Ethics 10%
  • Supportive Care, Survivorship, and Communication 11%
  • Head, Neck, Thyroid, and Central Nervous System Malignancies 4%
  • Genetics and Tumor Biology 2%

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What is the format of the Medical Oncology Certification Exam?

The ABIM Medical Oncology Certification Exam is comprised of a maximum of 240 multiple-choice questions (MCQ) in two formats: single-best-answer and multiple-response mostly describing patient scenarios.

The interpretation of image based materials such as electrocardiograms, radiographs and photomicrographs, may be incorporated into the exam questions.

You will be asked about the work done by physicians in practice such as: making a diagnosis, recommending a treatment or management plan, ordering and interpreting tests, assessing risk, determining prognosis, and applying principles from epidemiologic studies, as well as understanding the underlying pathophysiology of disease and basic science knowledge applicable to patient care.

This is a single day exam that will take approximately 10 hours divided into several sections.

In 2016, the First-Time Taker Pass Rate for the Medical Oncology Certification Exam was 98%.

Information about the ABIM Hematology Certification Exam

What is covered on the Hematology Certification Exam?

According to the ABIM Hematology Certification exam blueprint, the exam covers the following topics:

  • Hematopoietic System 25%
  • Coagulation 27%
  • Hematologic Neoplastic Disorders 35%
  • Transfusion Medicine 5%
  • Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (HCT) 8%

What is the format of the Hematology Certification Exam?

The ABIM Hematology Certification Exam is comprised of a maximum of 240 multiple-choice questions (MCQ) in single-best-answer format, mostly describing patient scenarios.

The interpretation of image based materials such as electrocardiograms, radiographs and photomicrographs, may be incorporated into the exam questions.

You will be asked about the work done by physicians in practice such as: making a diagnosis, recommending a treatment or management plan, ordering and interpreting tests, assessing risk, determining prognosis, and applying principles from epidemiologic studies, as well as understanding the underlying pathophysiology of disease and basic science knowledge applicable to patient care.

This is a single day exam that will take approximately 10 hours divided into several sections.

In 2016, the First-Time Taker Pass Rate for the Hematology Certification Exam was 93%.

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 27 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Further Hematology and Oncology CME info found here. Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 27 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.