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March 24 - 25, 2020
Registration will open in the fall
The Adult Rheumatology In-Training Examination (ITE) allows program directors to identify areas of strength and weakness in their program and fellows-in-training (FITs) to evaluate their progress and compare results against national outcomes as reported in the score reports. The ACR In-Training Examination Taskforce develops the Adult Rheumatology ITE with support of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).
After registration for the 2020 exam closes program administrators will receive information including the chief proctor manual, pre-administration verification instructions, workstation certification instructions, examinee instruction sheets, etc. from the ACR and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) by email.
Institutions can cancel exam registrations up to eight days before the exam administration and will be eligible to receive a full refund. Cancellations that are requested within seven days of the exam administration are ineligible for a refund.
The ITE is a web-based examination consisting of 200 items. The exam is administrated to fellows at an onsite, secure testing location designated by the training program. The ITE is offered over a two-day window to allow programs to test all their fellows-in-training and provide necessary clinic coverage. FITs can be divided evenly among the two days or all FITs can take the exam on the same day.
The total test session time is 7 hours and 55 minutes to complete the examination. There are 5 sections consisting of 40 items each with a 10-minute break after examinees complete test sections 1, 2 and 4; and a 30-minute break after examinees complete test section 3. There is an optional 15-minute tutorial at the start of the exam and a short satisfaction survey at the end of the examination.
Fellows may take an abbreviated practice exam prior to the test date to familiarize themselves with the interface. The practice exam consists of a 15-minute tutorial and one 30-minute exam section with 12 questions. Practice using the NBME testing interface >
Each program must designate a chief proctor(s) to oversee the administration of the exam. The chief proctor is responsible for the following:
March 24 - 25, 2020
International training programs must contact Lindsey Hunter to register your program with the ACR, before you are able to register your fellows for the exam.
International rheumatology training programs must be approved by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Need to update your program’s fellow-in-training information?
instructions to update your rheumatology fellowship training program.
404-633-3777, ext. 812