Pain Medicine

Dates and Fees

Maintaining Certification in Pain Medicine

Emergency Medicine physicians certified in Pain Medicine must participate in an ABEM-accepted continuing certification process and pass the Pain Medicine MOC Examination every ten years. ABEM believes that physicians who continue to practice Emergency Medicine in addition to their subspecialty should continue to maintain their EM certification. 

Personal Page

Pain Medicine-certified physicians perform tasks related to ABEM's continuing certification program through their ABEM Personal Page.

Sign in to your ABEM Personal Page

Sign in to: 
    • Learn your requirements and status
    • Provide medical licensure information
    • Review completed activities and LLSA test results
    • Review LLSA readings, as well as register for and take required LLSA tests
    • Attest to completion of IMP Practice Improvement activities

    Pain Medicine-certified physicians must meet one or more ABEM continuing certification requirements before reaching their five-year deadline. To regain status, they must make up missed requirements before the end of their ten-year certification period.

    Pain Medicine Recertification Exam

    Exam Process

    The Pain Medicine Recertification Examination is offered every year.


    The Pain Medicine Recertification Examination is open to Pain Medicine-certified physicians in  years six through ten of their certification cycle.


    To register for the exam, ABEM Pain Medicine-certified physicians complete the current year’s registration form, which is available from the ABEM office. The following must be submitted for a registration to be complete:

    • Completed and signed current-year recertification examination registration form
    • Additional items included in the materials or referred to in the registration form instructions, if applicable
    • Registration fee and examination fee in U.S. funds

    The registration fee is an administrative fee the covers the cost of reviewing and authorizing the registration form and submitting authorization to the board that administers the exam. This fee cannot be refunded.

    By signing the registration form, physicians give ABEM permission to verify information submitted.

    ABEM mails a receipt when the registration and examination fees have been received and a notification when the exam authorization has been sent to the administering board. 


    Physicians with approved applications will receive information about how to register for the exam.

    Taking the Exam

    The Pain Medicine Recertification Examination is an approximately four-hour, computer-based, single-best-answer, multiple choice exam consisting of approximately 200 questions.

    Content Specifications

    The exam outline and blueprint for the Pain Medicine MOC Examination is available on the ABA website.


    ABEM sends candidates the results of their examination in writing. Results are also posted online.

    Regaining Certification

    Pain Medicine-certified physicians who lose their certification will have the opportunity to get it back. Please contact ABEM at 517-332-4800, ext. 387, or for more information.