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Date Updated: August 21, 2012


A candidate who has received the MD degree and has passed the required examinations is eligible for the National Board certification as a Diplomate.
The requirements for certification as an NBME Diplomate include:

  • Receipt of the MD degree from a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME);
  • Successful completion of Parts I, II, and III or USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3; or a combination of Part I or USMLE Step 1, Part II or USMLE Step 2, and Part III or USMLE Step 3; and
  • Successful completion of one full year (twelve months) in a graduate medical education program accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  Accredited internships in Canada are recognized as meeting this requirement.
  • Passing a Part or Step within three attempts is routinely accepted. The NBME will consider the extraordinary circumstances pertaining to any additional administrations.
  • Passing the first Part or Step before January 1, 1995.  Based on the full implementation of the USMLE program in 1994, the NBME discontinued the NBME Certification Program for individuals with no passing history prior to January 1, 1995.

The NBME does not re-certify persons it has previously certified; the certification does not expire.

How do I request a Certificate from NBME?

Requests for the wall-hanging Certificate may be submitted online.  To request a Certificate, please click here for the Licensing Examination Services (NLES) section of the NBME website

How much does it cost?

The wall-hanging Certificates are free of charge.



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