International Eligibility

Individuals who have completed a medical specialty graduate training program that has not been approved by the ACGME, AOA, or RCPSC are not eligible for certification as an ABEM Diplomate. However, candidates who meet the following criteria, and who successfully complete the examination, will receive the ABEM Certificate of Recognition.

Eligibility for the ABEM Certificate of Recognition:

  • Practicing outside of the United States
  • Diplomate or equivalent of a board of Neurology or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation outside of the United States or Canada
  • EDX training at an institution with an approved neurology or physiatry training program equivalent in scope, duration, and extent of supervision to that specified in the ABEM certification requirements
  • Independent experience as specified in the ABEM certification requirements
Please note: ABEM staff are not able to confirm eligibility or presumed eligibility via phone or email prior to an application being submitted. In order to find out if you are eligible, you must apply for the exam so that official processes can be followed for determining eligibility. $850 of the examination fee will be refunded to those not eligible and those without the necessary documentation and references.