The American Board of Dermatology (ABD) is planning to go ahead with its board certification exam scheduled for July in Tampa, Florida — upsetting many third-year dermatology residents worried about risks of COVID-19 from traveling to the exam and sitting in a room with a large group for many hours.
“The ABD Initial Certification Exam will be offered, as scheduled, at the American Board of Pathology’s test center in Tampa, FL on July 13-17 and 20-23,” the board said in an undated announcement on its website. “Please note the July dates could be canceled, depending on the evolving situation with COVID-19.” The ABD also noted that it will offer the exam again in December and “if necessary and if circumstances related to COVID-19 warrant it, the ABD will administer the exam in Tampa in March 2021.” In addition, the board noted, “the ABD will grant an extra year of eligibility for board certification to residents graduating in 2020. Instead of the normal 5 years of eligibility, residents will have 6 years to pass the exam.”
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