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After meeting the requirements and passing the examination, the candidate will be awarded a certificate which acknowledges that he or she has completed the required course of graduate study and clinical training, has met other specific standards and qualifications, and has passed the examination conducted by the Board. The candidate is then referred to as a Diplomate of The American Board of Dermatology, Inc. The names of diplomates of the Board appear in The Official ABMS Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists, published by Marquis Who's Who in cooperation with the American Board of Medical Specialties. The certificate is issued for a 10-year period. Renewal is subject to completion of Maintenance of Certification requirements.

Individuals who successfully complete an ABD certifying, subspecialty or MOC examination will automatically receive the AMA PRA Category 1 CME award (60 credits) via email from the AMA courtesy of the ABD.

Each certificate is subject to revocation or suspension in the event that

  1. the diplomate was not eligible to receive the certificate, whether or not the facts concerning ineligibility were known to the Board when the certificate was issued;
  2. the diplomate has made any material misrepresentation or omission in the application for certification or in any other statement to the Board or has failed in timely fashion to supplement any response to any question on any application for certification or recertification with respect to criminal conduct, loss or suspension of a medical license, medical staff privileges, or medical society membership;
  3. the diplomate is convicted of, or pleads nolo contendere to a crime, which in the judgment of the Board relates to the practice of medicine;
  4. the diplomate is found to have engaged in conduct which, in the judgment of the Board,
    • (i) reflects unethical activity relating to the practice of medicine, or
    • (ii) casts significant doubt on the ability of the diplomate to practice medicine in the best interests of patients; or
  5. the diplomate is found by the Board to have
    • (i) engaged in irregular behavior in connection with the examination,
    • (ii) had a license to practice medicine revoked, suspended, or restricted in any state,
    • (iii) been expelled from a medical society for reasons other than non-payment of dues or failure to attend meetings,
    • (iv) has had medical staff privileges revoked or suspended for reasons relating to the practice of medicine,
    • (v) taken other action reasonably deemed by the Board to be inconsistent with diplomate status, or
    • (vi) willfully and materially violated any rule or policy of the Board;
  6. the Diplomate is uncooperative with the Board, particularly in failing to respond to multiple communications from the Board regarding certification actions.