Policies

No Cheating Policy

This is a reminder to all Program Directors, Program Coordinators, Residents, and Diplomates involved with ABOHNS examinations: Violations of the rules prohibiting copying of questions will be taken seriously. Flouting the rules undermines the very purpose of ABOHNS examinations in measuring and evaluating knowledge and skill. Candidates have a contractual and ethical obligation to maintain the confidentiality of the examination. Programs have a duty not to interfere with those duties. As you well know, the Board is empowered to take action against any candidate or diplomate who breaks the rules, including the power to invalidate test results or revoke a certificate.

In the event that the Board concludes that a program has encouraged, permitted, or participated in the maintenance of recalled or otherwise stolen examination questions, the Board reserves its right to exclude all of its residents from taking future examinations.

ADA

The ABOHNS fully supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Upon request, ABOHNS will make reasonable accommodations in its examination procedures for candidates with documented disabilities. An applicant who believes that he or she is disabled within the meaning of the ADA law should request detailed information concerning ABOHNS's policy regarding accommodation so that his or her special needs can be met in a timely manner. Current documentation of the disability must accompany the application.

Sleep Medicine Copyright and Examination Non-Disclosure Policy

All ABIM materials are protected by the federal Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 101, et seq. Access to all such materials, as further detailed below, is strictly conditioned upon agreement to abide by ABIM's rights under the Copyright Act and to maintain examination confidentiality.

ABIM examinations are confidential, in addition to being protected by federal copyright and trade secret laws. Candidates and diplomates who undertake examinations agree that they will not copy, reproduce, adapt, disclose, or transmit examinations, in whole or in part, before or after taking an examination, by any means now known or hereafter invented. They further agree that they will not reconstruct examination content from memory, by dictation, or by any other means or otherwise discuss examination content with others. Candidates and Diplomates further acknowledge that disclosure or any other use of ABIM examination content constitutes professional misconduct and may expose them to criminal as well as civil liability, and may also result in ABIM's imposition of penalties against them, including but not limited to, invalidation of examination results, exclusion from future examinations, suspension, revocation of certification and other sanctions.

With respect to ABIM's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) products, including its Medical Knowledge Modules and ABIM PIMs Practice Improvement Modules®, candidates agree that they will not copy, reproduce or make any adaptations of such materials in any manner; and will not assist someone else in the infringement or misuse of these or any other ABIM-copyrighted works.