In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ABMM exam has been postponed to later in the year and the application deadline has been extended. Updates will be posted as they become available.The American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) exam certifies doctoral-level microbiologists to direct medical and public health microbiology laboratories. ABMM certification is recognized by federal and state governmental agencies as a significant component toward meeting licensure requirements to direct laboratories engaged in the microbiological diagnosis of human disease.
The ABMM is recognized under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 final rule and in all 12 states that require licensure: California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee and West Virginia.
EligibilityDoctoral-level microbiologists with at least ONE of the following:
- three years of experience, as defined in the PDF below.
- two years of CPEP training
- Completion of an ACGME-accredited fellowship program in Medical Microbiology or a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada three-year medical microbiology/infectious disease or five-year medical microbiology residency.
Application Deadline: April 1
Application Fees: $450 for ASM members and $575 for non-members
Exam InformationExam Period: June 1-June 30
Scores Published: September 1
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