Exam Content Outline
The Exam Outline details the general exam content areas and percentage of questions allocated to each topic area. In preparing for the exam, this outline is an excellent guide for determining how much emphasis is placed on each subject.
We recommend reviewing the outline carefully and preparing accordingly. You can focus on content areas where you may wish to emphasize your preparation time.
The ABVLM has compiled a Key Reference document which lists key books, journal supplements, and journal articles in the field and from which some exam material is drawn. This may prove useful for candidates seeking supplemental study materials.
NOTE: The second link below with the free links (courtesy of Sage Publishing) is password-protected and for the use of paid applicants for the certification exam. The password for the file is distributed in your confirmation letter, and it can also be obtained via an email request to email@example.com.
(Updated November 2015)
DOWNLOAD KEY REFERENCES (with free links to Phlebology and JVS articles). See above for password information.
Access to ABVLM Online Learning & Assessment Module
Exam candidates are provided access to the ABVLM's Online Learning & Assessment (OLA) tool, which consists of around 70 online, exam-style items that have been retired from former exams.
Each of the multiple choice items is phrased in an exam-style format, candidates are provided immediate feedback, and they can review all past answers. Each question is also accompanied by an explanation of the answer, as well at one or more references for additional learning.
Updated in the 2016 Exam Cycle, the ABVLM publishes a 38-question Practice Exam to assist in your review. These questions were used on prior years' exams and are now "retired" to use on this practice exam. Some questions require an internet connection to view images.
Virtual Review Course in 2021*
The American Vein & Lymphatic Society will hold a hybrid "on-demand" and "live" review course June 1-26, 2021. The live stream Q&A Session and Mock Exam will be held on June 26, 2021. Please link to the AVLS website for more details.
Online Review Course*
In recent years, the American Vein & Lymphatic Society recorded and digitally linked PPT's from a 2-day live offering, creating an Online Phlebology Review Course.*
These courses were offered live to provide exam candidates a refresher in a wide variety of phlebology topics. Our understanding is that the content of these review course offerings is extremely similar, although on the AVLS website they are packaged slightly differently from each other. Some may be CME-accredited (or pending) learning activities.
For more details on the differences of the below-listed programs, please contact Joyce King, Director of Continuing Medical Education at AVLS.
Computer-Based Testing Software Tutorial
Pearson VUE (PV), our third-party test administrator, has a generic, browser-based tutorial on how to use their testing system. If you wish to review the mechanics of a how a test is presented ahead of the exam day, please link to: Pearson VUE Demo Test.
NOTE: The PV Tutorial presents 14 different styles or formats of questions. The ABVLM uses only Type 1 - Multiple Choice Items, with or without images and/or videos. We do not utilize any other format or style of question. The "Navigation" and "Review" functions are the same in the ABVLM exam as in the PV tutorial.
What To Expect On Exam Day
In addition to the above materials, an understanding of what to expect on exam day may help the examination process move smoothly.
PEARSON VUE CHECK-IN RULES AND PROCEDURES
In addition to the above, please review the Format page for more information about the format of the exam, its duration, and how breaks are handled.
* Special Notice:
The American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine neither administers nor endorses review courses for ABVLM examinations. Participation in review courses does not ensure successful completion of the certification exam. Materials listed on this page are for the convenience for candidates and are to be utilized at their own discretion.