All of the deadlines listed below are consistent with the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), the administrator of the Pain Medicine Examination.  To avoid a late registration fee, begin your application, submit appropriate fee and advance beyond the payment page prior to the "First Deadline to Submit Online Application" deadline.



Deadline Description  Date

Registration Begins

(online applications available)

December 4, 2020

First Deadline to Submit Online Application

($1,300; no late fee assessed if application is advanced beyond payment page by this date)

February 8, 2021

ABA Begins Sending Email Communications with Test Center Reservation Instructions 

March 4, 2021

Final Deadline to Submit Online Application

($1,400 includes $100 non-refundable late fee)

April 19, 2021

Deadline to Submit Special Testing Accommodations Documentation

April 19, 2021

Deadline to Clear Pending Requirements

April 26, 2021

Deadline to Make Official Name Change with the ABFM for Examination

April 26, 2021

Deadline to Select Testing Date/Location

(Please contact Pearson VUE to make changes or select Test Center)

August 16, 2021

Deadline to Withdraw from Test Center Without Cancellation Fee

5 Days Prior to Your Scheduled Exams

Certification Examination Date

September 11, 2021

Continuing Certification Examination Dates

September 11–25, 2021

Examination Results

To Be Determined

Deadline to Complete Pain Medicine Fellowship Training 

(Only applicable to physicians applying to take the certification examination) 

December 31, 2021