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.

2020 Important Examination Dates


Deadline Description  Date

Registration Begins

(online applications available)

December 6, 2019

First Deadline to Submit Online Application

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

February 10, 2020

ABA Begins Sending Email Communications with Test Center Reservation Instructions 

March 4, 2020

Final Deadline to Submit Online Application

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

April 20, 2020

Deadline to Submit Special Testing Accommodations Documentation

April 20, 2020

Deadline to Clear Pending Requirements

April 27, 2020

Deadline to Make Official Name Change with the ABFM for Examination

April 27, 2020

Deadline to Select Testing Date/Location

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

August 17, 2020

Deadline to Withdraw from Test Center Without Cancellation Fee

5 Days Prior to Your Scheduled Exams

Certification Examination Date

September 12, 2020

Continuing Certification Examination Dates

September 12–26, 2020

Examination Results

To Be Determined

Deadline to Complete Pain Medicine Fellowship Training 

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

December 31, 2020