IP Board Recertification

2024 IP Board Recertification
Deadline to apply: Monday, September 30, 2024
2024 Exam Dates: December 7-14, 2024

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At the 10-year mark from the first iteration of the Interventional Pulmonology (IP) Board Examination, the AABIP initiated in 2023 the process of recertification for Diplomates of the AABIP (AABIP Board Certified Physicians). The first IP recertification board exam took place in December 2023. Recertification is necessary to maintain AABIP board certification. The maintenance of certification requirements includes a procedural requirement and a knowledge-based board examination which will be offered annually in December. The procedural requirement is a pre-requisite to sit for the knowledge-based examination.

The AABIP is currently accepting IP board recertification applications from the following diplomates:

  1. Diplomates who initially certified in 2015
  2. Diplomates who initially certified in 2014 or prior but missed the deadline for recertification in 2023
  3. Diplomates who initially certified in 2016 and are interested in recertification 1 year ahead of expiration of their initial board certification.


1. Procedural Requirement for AABIP Board Recertification:
Applicants must submit a Form Attesting Interventional Pulmonology Practice (no procedure log required)verifying the performance as the primary operator, co-operator, or supervisor of 100 acceptable interventional pulmonary procedures (see below table) as a combination of airway and pleural procedures during the two-year documentation period (that is two years prior to the date of the Attestation). Specifically:
  • For AIRWAY procedures dominant practice, at least 30 acceptable PLEURAL procedures must have been performed in the 2 years prior to the attestation date.
  • For PLEURAL procedures dominant practice, at least 30 acceptable AIRWAY procedures must have been performed in the 2 years prior to the attestation date.

If applicants are unable to meet the above requirements, they must complete the Procedural Log which would allow them attest to 25 consecutive procedures, including outcomes, completed as the primary operator as a pathway to completing MOC procedural attestation requirement.

Acceptable Procedures

Unacceptable Procedures *

Rigid bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopic Navigation

Endobronchial stenting

Image-guided or non-guided chest tube placement

Bronchoscopy with balloon dilatation

Endobronchial Ultrasound

Endobronchial ablative techniques (Laser, Electrocautery, Argon Plasma Coagulation, Cryotherapy, Cryo-recanalization, Photodynamic Therapy, or Brachytherapy)

Bronchoscopic biopsies including cryo-biopsies

Endobronchial valve placement

Tunneled pleural catheter placement

Percutaneous tracheotomy



 *considered unacceptable procedures because they are commonly performed by non-interventional pulmonologists or are not mandatory according to the current Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Accreditation Standards (Mullon et al. CHEST 2017; 151(5):1114-1121)

How to apply:
  1. Complete the online 2024 IP Board application form:
    1. Required Documents
      1. Attestation Form (see above)
      2. Procedural Log, if applicable (see above)
      3. State medical license
      4. Curriculum Vitae
    2. Application and Exam Fee: $1900

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Applicants needing to submit for their 2nd attempt, please email [email protected] for special instructions. 

Study Materials: 
IP Board Blue Print

2023 Update in IP and CAQ / IP Board Review Course (click here for more information).

All documentation must be received prior to the deadline of 09/30/2024 @ 11:59 EST.  Failure to provide all documentation will lead to forfeiture of the application fee.  (See refund policy below)


All documentation must be received prior to the application submission deadline of 9/30/2024 @ 11:59 pm EST.  Failure to provide all documentation will lead to forfeiture of the application fee.  If the applicant chooses to withdraw from consideration he/she will have 1 week from the date of initial application for a full refund (This is the CANCELLATION DEADLINE), after which a penalty of $150 will be kept for administrative costs. If the withdrawal is requested before the application is marked as complete, the penalty of $150 will apply.  If the withdrawal is requested after the application is marked as complete, refunds will be processed as per the policy outlined below or the applicant may choose to apply the full amount towards the next year’s application plus any additional costs if applicable. (See refund policy below.)

  • 85% of the exam fee will be refunded if cancellation is received on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the application completion deadline, i.e. 9/30/2024 @ 11:59pm.
  • 50% of the exam fee will be refunded when cancellation is received between 12:00 midnight Eastern Time on the day after the application completion deadline and 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the day prior to the exam.


Once all of the credentialing material has been submitted, an individual account and packet will be put together by the AABIP administrative staff and will then be forwarded to the Chair of the BEARC; the packet will then be distributed to one of the Board Eligibility Application Review Committee (BEARC) members. The individual members of the BEARC will then have 1 week to review the information and either accept or reject a member’s application. Rejections must be accompanied by appropriate comments by the BEARC member.

If accepted, the applicant will be notified by e-mail regarding eligibility to sit for the examination. This eligibility will be valid for two years. The applicant must sit for the AABIP Board Certification Examination during this time-frame, if they are unable to do so, the applicant will be required to completely repeat the application process, including application fee.

Once the application process has been completed and approved, the BEARC will compile a list of individuals accepted to sit for the examination and forward this on to testing organization, who will provide the registrant with all of the necessary information regarding exam registration, location and logistics.


If the application is rejected the notification will come by e-mail and standard certified mail, signed by the current Chair of the BEARC. If the application is rejected, the individual will have the opportunity for an appeal. The appeal must be initiated within 2 weeks of the official rejection notification.  Appeals should be submitted to the AABIP via email to [email protected] in the form of a formal letter stating the reasons for appeal. Chair of the BEARC will then review the appeal request, eligibility of the appeal and entire application. If the application is rejected again, the Chair of the BEARC will present this application to the entire Board of Directors. The AABIP Board of Directors then votes anonymously and majority opinion determines the final status regarding the appeal. If the BOD decision is to confirm rejection of the application, the final notification will be sent to the applicant by e-mail as well as a formal letter from the AABIP, signed by the current President. The applicant will, however, have the opportunity to reapply for future examinations based on the applicable criteria at that time.

Updated: 3/11/2024