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By Dina Halegoua-De Marzio, MD, AASLD Training and Workforce Committee

It’s that time again ... board certification time. After an up to two year wait for some recent transplant hepatology fellow graduates, the initial transplant hepatology certification exam is scheduled for Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Regular registration ends May 15, 2016, but in case you forgot, late registration goes until June 1.

Purpose of the exam: The exam is designed to evaluate the knowledge, diagnostic reasoning, and clinical judgment skills expected of the certified transplant hepatologist in the broad domain of the discipline. The ability to make appropriate diagnostic and management decisions that have important consequences for patients will be assessed. The exam may require recognition of common as well as rare clinical problems for which patients may consult a certified transplant hepatologist. The exam is developed jointly by the ABIM and the American Board of Pediatrics.

All candidates will see 180 common questions. ABIM candidates will see 60 additional questions specific to adult content areas; American Board of Pediatrics candidates will see 60 additional questions specific to pediatric content areas.

The primary medical content categories of the blueprint are shown below, with the percentage assigned to each for a typical exam.

Medical Content Category Percent of Exam

  • Pretransplant: 45 percent
  • Perioperative: 20 percent
  • Post‐transplant: 25 percent
  • Transplant Immunology: 5 percent
  • Miscellaneous: 5 percent

Learn more about this exam. [PDF]