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What does CIDP stand for?

CIDP stands for Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy.  It is also sometimes referred to as Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy.

What does it mean that someone has passed the CIDP Knowledge Examination? 

The AANEM Knowledge Examination is designed to assess the specialized knowledge of individuals who interact with CIDP patients or physicians. Passing the CIDP Knowledge Examination does not certify clinical expertise or confer any clinical privileges. It does not qualify the individual to perform or interpret needle EMGs or NCSs. Individuals who pass the CIDP Knowledge Examination may serve as an information resource and thereby aid medical personnel in providing quality patient care.

When is the 2017 exam?

Individuals must pick ONE day to take the exam when filling out their application. There are two dates to choose from:

Thursday, May 18 (opening at 10:00 a.m. EST and closing at 3:00 p.m. EST*)
-or -
Friday, May 19 (opening at 11:00 a.m. EST and closing at 2:00 p.m. EST)

*Individuals choosing to examine on Thursday may start any time after 10:00 a.m. EST.  The test will shut down after 3 hours or at 3:00 p.m. EST, whichever comes first (i.e. Start no later than 12:00 noon to get the full full 3 hours).

Where/how will the exam be administered?

The CIDP Knowledge Examination is a computer-based exam administered through QuestionMark (an online learning management system capable of administering online exams). Individuals taking the exam will find a local proctor (co-worker, supervisor, etc.) who will sign a document saying they will make sure the test-taker is who they say they are and that no outside materials were used during the exam process.

When does registration open?  How much does the exam cost?

Registration opens April 1 and ends May 5, 2017. The registration cost is $75 for members and $125 for non-members (including a non-refundable $25 processing fee).  You must contact AANEM on or before May 5th if you plan to withdraw or cancel your registration.  Any cancellations or no-shows after that deadline will be non-refundable.

How do I apply for the exam?

The application for the 2017 examination is online. After registration opens, log into the online application using your AANEM username and password, fill out the application questionnaire, and complete the online payment. The application must be submitted, along with the appropriate fees and the Proctor Contract by May 5, 2017. 

Will this knowledge assessment examination fulfill my Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements for self-assessment?


The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed the Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polcyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) Knowledge Examination and has approved this program as part of a comprehensive self-assessment program, which is mandated by the American Board of Medical Specialties as a necessary component of maintenance of certification.


The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) has reviewed the Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polcyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) Knowledge Examination and approved this program as an option for the ABPMR Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. ABPMR diplomates who complete the CIDP Exam will receive credit for one self-assessment.

What is the format of the exam?

There are approximately 75 questions and a three-hour time limit to complete the exam. There are no video questions on the CIDP Exam.

Why should physicians, physician’s assistants, nurses, or other allied health professionals take the CIDP exam?

Passing the knowledge examination demonstrates your understanding of the clinical features, diagnosis, and management of peripheral neuropathy and acquired immune-mediated neuropathies. It demonstrates your commitment to supporting positive health outcomes for patients with CIDP.

Why should a pharmaceutical representative take the CIDP Exam?

The pharmaceutical representatives who pass the knowledge examination are committed to supporting positive health outcomes for patients with CIDP.  Any medical personnel that meet with a pharmaceutical representative who has passed the CIDP knowledge examination can learn more about assuring quality care for their patients. Please note: Employees of pharmaceutical companies are not eligible to take the examination until 2019, unless they are employed by Grifols.

Where do I get the application for the CIDP Examination?

It is on the AANEM website upon registration opening at

If I have any questions about the CIDP Exam, who should I contact?

Contact the AANEM at 507.288.0100 or

How do I withdraw?

You should contact the AANEM in writing requesting you be withdrawn from the exam. An email request is preferred.  

If I withdraw will the fees be refunded?

If you submit an examination fee refund request in writing before the refund request deadline, your examination fee will be refunded (minus the $25 processing fee). If the deadline has passed, no refund will be awarded.

When will I be notified of my examination results?

Examination results are expected to be emailed to all those who take the examination by July 15, 2017.

What happens if I fail the CIDP Examination?

If you fail the examination, you will receive an e-mail letting you know when the next registration and examination dates are scheduled.






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