The American Board of Chiropractic Internists (ABCI) is the credentialing agency that coordinates the quality of education material and determines the examination process.
The ABCI advances the quality of clinical competency for doctors of chiropractic specializing in diagnosis and treatment of internal disorders through certification and re-certification of those doctors who demonstrate excellence in the chiropractic internist practice.
The ABCI shall promote the advancement of chiropractic internal medicine by identifying to professionals and the public those chiropractors who have voluntarily sought and obtained certification in chiropractic internal medicine.
The Exam consists of 2 parts:
- Computerized NBCE Exam that can be taken at a local testing center during a time specified by the NBCE. NBCE will determine a 2 week time period prior to or following the Practical exam where candidates can schedule their exam.
- The practical exam will consist of several stations, including but not limited to male examinations, female examinations, regional physical examinations, and case presentations (see link below for case presentation guideline pdf).
In the case presentation portion the candidate will be required to present a case they have seen clinically to the proctors and other testing candidates. Case presentation should include, but is not limited to: Initial history, Exam findings, Diagnostic tests performed with results, treatment plan, follow-up tests and outcomes (if far enough into to case to have done follow-up testing). Cases will need to be sanitized of all patient identifying information for HIPAA compliance. Any cases submitted that are not COMPLETELY sanitized will be rejected. Cases need to be submitted 4 weeks prior to the Practical Exam date.
Next Testing Times/Locations
ABCI Completion Policy (originated Symposium 2011)
Once a student has successfully completed all sessions of the DABCI program and passed all module examinations, they are eligible to take the ABCI board examination. The candidate has a period of 2 years from the date that all requirements are completed to initially sit for the examination. From the date the candidate sits the initial examination, they have 2 years to complete the examination process. If the candidate fails to complete all parts of the examination with the 2 year period, they must attend an additional 24 hours of DABCI coursework to be eligible to retest the examination.
For list DABCI courses, dates and locations, click here.
To download a ABCI Testing Application Packet, click here.
For the Case Presentation Guidelines for DABCI candidates, click here.
For a Reference textbook list, click here