The purpose of awarding certification to individuals who meet the qualifications of The American Board of Urology is to assure the public that an individual has: (a) received appropriate training, and (b) has a level of urologic knowledge to practice safe and effective urology. The American Board of Urology strives to provide the urologic community with an examination process which is relevant and fair to all who take it.
Certification includes all domains of urology, including but not limited to pediatric urology, endourology, female urology, andrology, oncology, urolithiasis, and general urology. All certified urologists are trained to evaluate and treat all patients with urological disorders.
All US chief residents who have completed their training and residency requirements may apply for admission to the certification process. Canadian and international medical graduates may be eligible to apply if they have satisfied the training and residency requirements.
Applicants approved by the Board to enter the certification process must successfully complete a Qualifying (Part 1) Examination. After meeting certain specific criteria including unrestricted medical licensure, assessment of clinical practice through practice logs, acceptable peer review, and the 16-month practice requirement in a single community, the applicant must successfully complete the oral Certifying (Part 2) Examination to become certified.
Certification is valid for a period of ten years, subject to Lifelong Learning (LLL).
Candidates have six years from the end of residency to complete the components of the certification process to become a Diplomate. An applicant will have no more than three attempts to pass the Qualifying (Part 1) Examination and no more than three attempts to pass the Certifying (Part 2) Examination. If a candidate fails the Qualifying Exam for the third time the Board may consider individual requests to re-enter the process. These requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The applicant will be required to undergo a professional competency and/or educational assessment in a program approved by the ABU. If a candidate fails the Certifying Exam for the third time or fails to pass the exam within the required window of six years from residency (with any approved variances), the Board may consider individual requests to re-enter the process. The applicant will be required to undergo a professional competency and/or educational assessment in a program approved by the ABU. For either exam, evaluations will be performed at the expense of the candidate. Specific CME activity or other evaluation may also be assigned. If re-entry criteria are met, the applicant will be allowed to apply to re-take the exam. Approved re-entry applicants for either exam will generally be expected to take the exam at the next available time it is administered. Failure to do so requires a written excused absence from the ABU, and only one such excused absence will be allowed. The candidate will be expected to successfully complete the entire process (QE and CE) within four years from re-entry.