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Requirements for Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must meet eligibility requirements for the year in which the examination is taken, regardless of prior approval. Eligibility does not carry over automatically from year to year.

Specialty Certification

A candidate must be a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in neurology, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in neurology, American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or Canadian equivalent.

Training in Electrodiagnostic (EDX) Medicine

A period of preceptorship in EDX medicine that is coordinated with presentation of didactic material must be satisfactorily completed under direct supervision of an experienced EDX medicine consultant, preferably an ABEM Board Diplomate. This preceptorship may be taken during and/or after an approved residency training program. The period of preceptorship must be at least 6 months fulltime, or equivalent*, with the first 3 months rigidly structured with regard to supervision. Any postresidency course of study in EDX medicine must be conducted where there is an ACGME, AOA, or RCPSC recognized neurology or physiatry residency training program, or at a participating institution to a sponsoring institution that has been approved by the ACGME in order to qualify as a portion of the 6-month preceptorship. During these 6 months, at least 200 complete EDX evaluations must be performed on separate occasions; these studies must be documented and interpreted.  We recognize that some residency programs are structured in such a way that it is very difficult and sometimes impossible to reach the 6 months of training and/or 200 studies.  A combination of residency and fellowship training months and studies performed may be utilized to help reach the requirements, if needed.

Training must have included adequate educational experience in:

  • Anatomy
  • Pathology of muscle and nerve
  • Neuromuscular physiology
  • Electrodiagnostic medicine, including instrumentation, quantification, and statistical analysis
  • Clinical aspects of neuromuscular diseases as they pertain to clinical electrodiagnosis
  • The candidates must have been exposed to electrodiagnostic studies, diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of neuromuscular disorders in adults and children.

Independent Experience

Competency in electrodiagnostic medicine can only be achieved by performing and interpreting additional electrodiagnostic examinations. Candidates, therefore, must also document at least 1 year of experience following training during which they must perform 200 additional complete electrodiagnostic evaluations on separate occasions. This period of independent experience can only begin after satisfactory completion of the approved residency training program and the 6-month preceptorship. The year of independent experience may be part of a postresidency program (e.g., fellowship) which includes the practice of electrodiagnostic medicine. The time spent in such a postresidency program beyond the minimum 6 months preceptorship may be counted toward the 1 year of independent experience.  

Applications may be submitted prior to the final projected completion date of the independent experience period. However, all training and experience requirements must be satisfactorily completed before March 1 of the exam year.


The ABEM will follow the guidance of the ABMS and will rely upon the authority and judgement of  training program directors (PDs) to determine readiness for unsupervised practice and to inform board decisions regarding eligibility for certification. Their authority and judgement are especially important during times of crises when traditional time- and volume-based educational standards may be challenged.

International Eligibility

Individuals who have completed a medical specialty graduate training program that has not been approved by the ACGME, AOA, or RCPSC are not eligible for certification as an ABEM Diplomate. However, candidates who meet the following criteria, and who successfully complete the examination, will receive the ABEM Certificate of Recognition.

A candidate for the Certificate of Recognition:

  • Must be practicing outside of the United States; and
  • Must be a Diplomate or equivalent of a Board of Neurology or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation outside of the United States or Canada;
  • Must have received training equivalent in scope, duration, and extent of supervision to that specified under Training in Electrodiagnostic Medicine* at an institution with an approved neurology or physiatry training program; and
  • Must have experience as specified in Independent Experience*.

*As outlined in Certification Requirements

Please note: ABEM staff are not able to confirm eligibility or presumed eligibility via phone or email prior to an application being submitted. In order to find out if you are eligible, you must apply for the exam so that official processes can be followed for determining eligibility.  $850 of th examination fee will be refunded to those not eligible and those without the necessary documentation and references. 

*Full-time equivalent

One month of full-time equivalent is defined as 160 hours divided among:

  • Performing or observing clinical neuromuscular evaluations/assessments or electrodiagnostic studies.
  • Reading articles and books pertaining to the basic and clinical sciences of electrodiagnostic medicine.
  • Participating in classes, research seminars, case conferences and journal clubs associated with the basic and clinical sciences of electrodiagnostic medicine.