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Pulmonary Disease Board Review Questions follow the ABIM Exam Content Topics:

  • Obstructive Lung Disease (17.5%)
  • Critical Care Medicine (15%)
  • Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Disease (DPLD) (10%)
  • Sleep Medicine, Neuromuscular and Skeletal (10%)
  • Epidemiology (2%)
  • Infections (12%)
  • Neoplasia (9.5%)
  • Pleural Disease (5%)
  • Quality, Safety, and Complications (5%)
  • Transplantation (2%)
  • Vascular Diseases (6%)
  • Respiratory Physiology and Pulmonary Symptoms (4%)
  • Occupational and Environmental Diseases (2%)

Critical Care Medicine Board Review Questions follow the ABIM/ABEM Exam Blueprint Topics:

  • Renal, Endocrine, and Metabolic Disorders (15%)
  • Cardiovascular Disorders (17.5%)
  • Pulmonary Disease (20%)
  • Infectious Disease (12%)
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders (5.5%)
  • Neurologic Disorders (9.5%)
  • Hematologic and Oncologic Disorders (5.5%)
  • Surgery, Trauma, and Transplantation (7.5%)
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology (5%)
  • Research, Administration, and Ethics (2.5%)

Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Board Review Facts and Tips:

The ABIM Pulmonary Disease and ABIM/ABEM Critical Care Medicine certification exams last one day each with examinations taking approximately 10 hours to complete. Both exams are divided into several sessions, containing up to 60 multiple-choice questions each; some questions require the interpretation of illustrative materials such as electrocardiograms, radiographs and photomicrographs (e.g., blood films, Gram stains, urine sediments). The pass rate for the Pulmonary Disease certification exam in 2015 was 96% while the pass rate for the Critical Care Medicine certification exam in 2015 was 92%.

Past examinees have said that the ABIM Pulmonary Disease Certification Exam is pretty fair and the difficulty level is comparable to the in-training exam, maybe a little harder. Questions pertaining to occupational exposure/diseases, and lung cancer staging and treatment are prevalent so be ready for those. Past examinees recommend focusing more time on memorizing physiology equations. 6-8 weeks worth of studying should be adequate for most.

The ABIM/ABEM Critical Care Medicine certification exam has been rated as being easier than the Pulmonary Disease certification exam, especially if you’ve had good exposure during fellowship to all types of critical care (MICU, surgical and trauma, heart and cardiovascular, and neuro), and saw all types of emergencies (eg., cirrhosis in ICU, heme onc disasters, end stage heart failure, acute MI, etc.). 4-6 weeks worth of studying should be adequate for most.


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The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education designates this Internet Enduring Material for a maximum of 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Further Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine CME info found here.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 40 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.