2020 Cert Exam Postponed Until October due to COVID-19

The American Board of Dermatology (ABD) Executive Committee met to determine the feasibility of holding the 2020 Certification Exam in-person this July in Tampa, FL, given the health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 epidemic. After much discussion, the Executive Committee decided to postpone the July exam until October in order to allow candidates to take the exam at local test centers or via online proctoring. Ultimately, this difficult decision was based solely on protecting the health and safety of test-takers, their families, and patients. It was not possible to convert to this alternative exam administration model using the original July exam dates. 

In lieu of the July exam in Tampa, the ABD will offer the exam October 15-24. Candidates can take the exam at any U.S. Prometric testing center or from the safety of their homes via online proctoring. The ABD’s commitment in this matter is guided first and foremost by meeting the health and safety standards currently in place, as well as minimizing the impact of a delay on test takers. 

The exam will be one day in duration and candidates can select any date between October 15-24. Details and instructions for scheduling an appointment with Prometric will be sent to candidates later this summer. In the meantime, please refer to our FAQs for additional information. 

During this unprecedented time of uncertainty, ABD understands the frustration many candidates may feel regarding ABD’s decision to postpone the exam. Your health and safety is our utmost concern. 

Thank you. Stay safe. Stay healthy.


Julie V. Schaffer, MD, ABD President
Erik J. Stratman, MD ABD Vice President
Edward W. Cowen, MD
Hensin Tsao, MD
Julia R. Nunley, MD
Mary S. Stone, MD
Thomas D. Horn, MD, ABD Executive Director
Lela A. Lee, MD, ABD Associate Executive Director
Randall K. Roenigk, MD, ABD Assistant Executive Director













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