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COVID-19 Updates

Page updates as of March 27, 2020

 

ABOG is actively monitoring the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and will post updates to this page. We recommend following the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the most up-to-date information on the virus.

 

ABOG staff is currently working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Depending on your specific need, please contact the following departments via email. You will receive a reply within two business days. Thank you for your patience at this time. 

 


 

2020 Maintenance of Certification Program

 

As of March 27, 2020

 

ABOG is implementing measures as part of this year's MOC program to ease some of the pressures currently around you as you help respond to this global pandemic.

 

View the MOC COVID-19 Updates.

 

 

 

 

 

2020 Specialty Certifying Exam Application

 
As of March 23, 2020

 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, please see the updated 2020 Specialty Certifying Examination application deadline information.

 

  • There will be only one deadline to complete the online application: May 22, 2020.
  • Based on this update to the May 22 deadline, ABOG is eliminating application late fees.
  • Please complete the following by May 22:
    • upload the completed Verification of Hospital Privileges Form(s)
    • pay the application fee for the exam

     

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Exams Department at exams@abog.org.

 

 

 

 

FLS Certification and ABOG Certification

 
As of March 17, 2020

 

ABOG candidates have until mid-December 2020 to complete FLS certification if they are completing their residency in the 2020-21 academic year and plan to begin the certification process and apply for the 2021 ABOG Specialty Qualifying Exam (QE).

 

Application for the Specialty QE is not tied to FLS status. Candidates can complete the application for the 2021 QE prior to completion of FLS certification. The 2021 QE application should be available in September 2020. Residents are encouraged to apply as soon as the QE application becomes available. Residents should contact the Exams Department at exams@abog.org with concerns about completing the FLS program by December 2020.

 

Have additional questions about FLS certification? View our FAQs.

 

 

 

2020 Qualifying Exam

 
As of March 16, 2020

 

At this time, the 2020 Subspecialty Qualifying Exam (QE) is scheduled for June 26, 2020 and the Specialty QE for June 29, 2020.

 

At the present, we do not anticipate scheduling alternative dates for the 2020 QEs. Our hope is that administration of exams will proceed as scheduled. However, ABOG will continue to update you as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Pearson VUE testing centers have instituted health and safety measures to assure safe examination delivery at test sites.

 

Candidates who do not want to take or are unable to take the QE this year due to COVID-19 may take a future year's exam without an additional exam fee. If candidates need to postpone their examination this year due to COVID-19, they should notify ABOG at exams@abog.org.

 

We have posted QE COVID-19 frequently asked questions that address possible scenarios that QE candidates may encounter in the weeks ahead. ABOG's goal is to partner with all candidates as they navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Our priority is everyone's health and safety.

 

 

 

2020 Subspecialty Certifying Exam

 
As of March 13, 2020

 

ABOG has decided to postpone its 2020 Subspecialty Certifying Exam scheduled for April 27-30 in Dallas, Texas. We will make every effort to reschedule the examination on an alternate date later this year.

 

Currently, we are unable to determine precisely when this will occur as the COVID-19 situation is still fluid. We will communicate the alternative dates to candidates as soon as possible. Candidates may used the same case list for the future exam, and fees paid for the 2020 examination will automatically be credited toward the future exam. If you prefer the withdraw from the examination and receive a refund, please contact exams@abog.org.

 

ABOG would like to help offset any travel related expense you have already incurred. If you have already purchased a flight to Dallas, and the airline is charging you a cancellation or change fee, please contact us at exams@abog.org. ABOG will reimburse any cancellation or change fees up to $300.

 

We know the postponement of the examination is disappointing. We recognize the extensive time and effort candidates put into preparing for the certification process. We will do everything in our power to administer the examination at the earliest feasible date.

 

We have posted FAQs for additional reference.

 

 

 

Obstetrics and Gynecology and Subspecialty Certification Standards COVID-19 Policy

 

As of March 13, 2020

 

One of ABOG's highest priorities is the health and safety of all clinicians as they care for patients and navigate challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. ABOG's COVID-19 policy outlines Certification Standards guidance for residents and fellows concerned with the impact that this public health emergency may have on training completion. Review the policy.