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fellowship and ABIM certification exam scores

Discussion in 'Internal Medicine and IM Subspecialties' started by juventas, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. juventas

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    I just graduated from residency and will be taking off a year or two to work and do research. I am, however, going ahead and taking my ABIM certification exam to get it out of the way. I'm pretty sure I can pass, but I don't think my scores will be very good. When I apply for fellowship in a year or so, will the fellowship programs be able to see what my score is, and if they don't, do they ask?

    I searched a couple of threads from 2006 and 2007 that say no, but I just wanted to make absolutely sure.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. gutonc

    gutonc No Meat, No Treat
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    The only thing I've ever seen on fellowship applications is whether or not the applicant was ABIM certified. I've only seen printouts of records, not what's actually in ERAS so I can't be positive the score isn't in there somewhere, but I highly doubt it.
     
  4. aProgDirector

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    It's not there, they cannot see it. Nor can they tell the difference between "failed" and "didn't take it".
     
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    Then I suppose it's safe to say that no one will ask for your score report?
     
  6. gutonc

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    Nobody even asked me about Step 3, so...no.

    On the list of the "Top 50 things to stress out about during fellowship applications," this falls somewhere in the high 80s.
     
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    Hahahaha, thanks guys.
     
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    There is no way they can see your scores. When you take the ABIM, it will ask if you want to release scores to your residency program. If so, your program will get a report with a breakdown of your score and how you did in each section. If you do not, the program will only get a print out if you "failed" (aka Not Certified). You will get mailed both your pass/fall (certified/not certified status) and score report. You will get this around October/November. The program will get this around March. Fellowships do not have access to this. The only thing they can do is look you up on the ABIM website and type in your name. Even this does not list if you failed. It will either say "certified" (ie took it and passed) or "not certified" - either you took it and failed or did not take it at all. They can't tell the difference. Best of Luck!
     

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