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ABD Examinations

The American Board of Dermatology (ABD) is one of 24 medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties. The ABD was incorporated in 1932 to elevate and maintain the standards of this specialty. The mission of the ABD is to serve the public by setting high standards for dermatologists to earn and maintain Board certification. The American Board of Dermatology is a voluntary, non-profit, private, autonomous organization formed for the primary purpose of protecting the public interest by establishing and maintaining high standards of training, education and qualifications of physicians rendering care in dermatology. The objective of all of its activities is to provide assurance that a diplomate of the Board possesses and maintains the knowledge and skills essential for the provision of superior, specialized care to patients with cutaneous diseases.

Exam Scheduling

IMPORTANT: Candidates now access the Pearson VUE scheduling system and launch OnVUE (online proctor) exams directly from You do not need a separate set of credentials to access the Pearson VUE tools.

2023 Exam Dates

CORE Examination (for Dermatology Residents)

  • Late Winter delivery dates: Wednesday, February 8 through Wednesday, February 22
  • Summer delivery dates: Wednesday, July 12 through Wednesday, July 26
  • Fall delivery dates: Wednesday, November 1 through Wednesday, November 15

Candidates have the option to take the CORE Exam in person at a Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Center or online with OnVUE in the comfort and privacy of your home.

Testing online with the OnVUE system is flexible, convenient and easy — but there are unique requirements you should be familiar with. For example, you’ll need a private, distraction-free space to take the exam. A system test will show if your computer and internet are sufficient. And you’ll be monitored by proctors and assistive AI tools during the test. Weigh your options »

APPLIED Exam (for graduated Dermatology Residents who passed the 4 CORE Exam modules)

  • Delivery date: Thursday, July 20

Candidates can only take the exam at a Pearson VUE Professional Center.

MDS Exam (for Diplomates of the ABD, seeking subspecialty certification)

  • Delivery date: October 16 - 21

Candidates can only take the exam at a Pearson VUE Professional Center.

Pediatric Dermatology Subspecialty Examination (for Diplomates of the ABD, seeking subspecialty certification)

  • Delivery date: Wednesday, October 11

Candidates can only take the exam at a Pearson VUE Professional Center.

Last updated 2022-12-13