How to Become Certified: For Individuals
The American Board of Medical Quality is pleased to offer physicians and other eligible professional candidates a certification exam to test basic knowledge in medical quality management. To date more than 500 individual candidates have been granted their CMQ (Certified in Medical Quality) designation by ABMQ, based on their credentials, esperience and exam performance. Successful candidates will gain the designation of Certified in Medical Quality (CMQ). Candidates will be contacted within 6 weeks of the exam date regarding results.
For 2018, we offer the exam in three locations: Washington, DC and Houston, Texas within the United States and internationally in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in partnership with SEHA.
Date: April 14, 2019
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel
Application Deadline: March 23, 2019
One of the following pathways must be met. The board exam applications requires description and/or documentation of expertise and experience in quality improvement work.
Have an MD, DO, DMD, with an active unrestricted license to practice and expertise/experience in using the principles of quality to improve clinical practice.
Have a PharmD, DNP, JD in Health Law, DDS, or other doctorate in a health-related field, with expertise/experience in using the principles of quality improvement.
Have an MPH, MPA, MSc, MBA, MSN or other masters' degree, with expertise/experience in using the principles of quality improvement.
Medical students, residents or fellows who have been awarded the status of Quality Scholar by the American College of Medical Quality.
ACMQ Quality Scholar
If you do not fit one of the criteria above, you may submit a written statement, to be reviewed by the Exam Committee; showing proof of (1) training or participation in healthcare quality improvement educational activities, or (2) expertise in quality management, measurement, assessment and improvement, or (3) full membership and participation in the American College of Medical Quality. Applicants will be contacted once a determination has been made.
Candidates are given 2 hours to complete the exam, which is a proctored, multiple choice examination of 100 questions. ABMQ recommends candidates study the ACMQ textbook, Medical Quality Management: Theory and Practice, as well as other resources found in the candidates' manual.
The 2018 exam fee is $495 per candidate. Fees are non-refundable; however, in the event that a candidate needs to cancel, funds may be applied to the exam for the subsequent year. Special rates are available for institutions/organizations with multiple candidates sitting for the exam; please see information for institutions below.
The exam fee for five to nine candidates from a single institution is $395 and for ten or more candidates is $315.
The candidates' manuals are available for download. Please complete the application form and return via email, fax, or mail (details on application)
Recertification is required five years after the initial certification, and every ten years thereafter. Exam details, location and dates can be found under the “Becoming Certified” page.
The recertification application form can be downloaded here. The 2019 recertification exam fee is $350.00
How to Become Certified: For Institutions
In addition to individual credentialing and assessment of medical quality knowledge, the certifying examination is offered to educational institutions and other organizations for use as an educational needs assessment tool. With health care reform initiatives, ACGME requirements, and competition increasingly focused on quality, knowing the knowledge level of your medical staff and institutions’ physicians in training is critical. Your review of the examination data can facilitate clinical quality improvement: Executive leadership of multi-hospital healthcare systems and health plans, can utilize ABMQ data to assess the level of quality management knowledge of their medical directors; Program directors and executive leadership of educational institutions with large residency and fellowship programs, can utilize ABMQ data to assess the strengths and gaps in quality management knowledge, modify teaching methods, create effective curriculum, and demonstrate resident and fellow competency in medical quality improvement. Request and arrangements for exam details and analysis of organizational/institutional candidates can be made through Bridget Brodie, Executive VP (email@example.com).