An appeal must be made in writing and submitted by:
- E-mail, sent to appeals@ARDMS.org with the subject line of “Appeal”; or
- Letter, addressed to ARDMS,Attn:Appeal, 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600 Rockville, MD 20852-1402; or
- Fax, sent to (301) 738-0312, marked Attn:
Appeal.Decisions by ARDMS regarding determination of eligibility to take an examination, or continued certification, disruptive examination conditions, verification of an examination score, or absence from an examination appointment due to a medical situation may be appealed to the ARDMS Review Panel. The grounds for appeal to the review panel are only those stated in the previous sentence. Actions regarding ARDMS disciplinary policy may not be appealed to the ARDMS Review Panel.
Determination of Eligibility
An appeal regarding determination of eligibility to take an examination, or continued certification must be made in writing by letter or by e-mail, addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All such appeals must be received by ARDMS within 30 days of the date that ARDMS mailed the notice denying eligibility to take the examination. The written appeal must identify the precise factual basis, applicable rules or examination conditions that are the basis for the appeal.
Disruptive Test Center Conditions
An appeal regarding disruptive examination conditions submitted to the ARDMS Review Panel must be made in writing by letter or by e-mail, addressed to email@example.com. All such appeals must be received by ARDMS within 30 days of the date on which a disruptive examination condition or examination occurred. The written appeal must identify the precise factual basis, applicable rules or examination conditions that are the basis for the appeal.
Verification of Examination Score
ARDMS does NOT handle score examinations. We can process a score verification at a fee of $35 USD. Score verification ensures that the computer counted the correct and incorrect answers appropriately but, does not review the questions and answers. You must complete the Exam Score Verification Form within 30 days of having taken the examination in question. This form must be completed in its entirety. Please print or type all information and include a check, money order or credit card processing fee in the amount of: $35 USD. The Exam Score Verification Form will be returned for incomplete information, failure to sign the form, or failure to pay the fee. In deciding whether to have your score verified, please consider that ARDMS examinations are scored electronically with a high degree of accuracy. It is therefore unlikely that verification will alter your original score.
Appeals regarding absence from an examination appointment due to a medical situation must be submitted no later than 30 days following the date of the missed examination. The appeal must be faxed or mailed to the ARDMS office to the attention of the Program Support Analyst. The written request must include:
- The candidates name, registry number, name of the missed examination and examination date.
- Be in writing on the letterhead of the facility at which the candidate received treatment, and signed by the physician or other healthcare professional who provided such treatment. Treating physician/facility providing letter may not be the same physician/facility with whom the candidate is employed.
- For previously scheduled or "elective" treatment, explain the circumstances that prevented the candidate from scheduling the treatment for a time other than the date of the examination; and
- Specify the dates on which the candidate was incapacitated such that he or she could not be present for the examination, including the date on which the candidate received treatment for the medical condition that resulted in his or her absence from the examination.
All documentation will be reviewed and if required, additional documentation may be requested by the Program Support Analyst.
If a candidate fails to provide medical documentation that satisfies the requirements above, the candidate shall forfeit the examination fees for the missed examination and will be required to re-apply for the examination.