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Family Practice Recertification

Updated August 2014

Requirements for Recertification

  1. Submit a completed recertification application, along with payment of appropriate fee.  Refer to the recertification fee schedule*.
  2. Submit documentation of CME hours: an average of 50 Category 1 CME hours per year with at least 25 hours per year in the field of Family Practice. Over the eight-year certification period, the totals would be 400 CME, with 200 of those CME in Family Practice. The ABPS CME form must be used in compiling the CMEs, click here. Copies of an official printout or copies of certificates must be attached to the ABPS CME Form.  NOTE: Teaching hours may be used to help satisfy the CME requirement; however, the total teaching hours submitted may not be more than half the overall total CME required and a letter from the program director or official certificate verifying the number of hours claimed must also be submitted.
  3. Complete at least 50 questions of self-assessment CME questions each year, except in the final year of the recertification cycle. CMEs obtained from self-assessments may be used to meet the annual CME requirements specified in item 2 of this section. The following resources are available for on-line CME and self-assessments:
    • A list of CME/Self Assessment Resources compiled by Dr. Bernard Sklar (Online Continuing Medical Education) is available at www.cmelist.com/list.htm.
    • Other resources for On-Line self assessments are NetCE at www.netce.com.
  4. Complete 7.5 CME credits of AAPS-Approved Medical Ethics (Certificates expiring 2012 or later) – AAPS-approved courses include the AAPS-sponsored Medical Ethics course held in June in conjunction with the AAPS Scientific Meeting OR must contain term “Medical Ethics” in the title or syllabus, must be intended for physicians, and cannot be the same course taken multiple times to meet the 7.5 credit requirement. The CME hours attained through the AAPS-sponsored Medical Ethics course may also be applied to the required AAPS-sponsored CME.
  5. Complete 16 hours of AAPS-Sponsored CME (For certificates expiring 2016 or later) – Information regarding AAPS-Sponsored CME is available here www.aapsus.org/cme-certification.
  6. Provide a copy of active medical license(s) with current expiration date.
  7. Successfully pass a written examination in Family Practice.

PDF IconDownload Board Recertification Application
(.pdf, 163 KB)

ABPS will accept Diplomates certified by the Boards that are part of The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or the Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOABOS) as candidates for recertification with ABPS in any specialty in which ABPS currently certifies physicians.  Click here for full details.

The Board recommends that all applicants keep a copy of all application materials sent to ABPS.

* NOTE: Recertification Application fee is non-refundable

**Must hold active and unrestricted license(s) to practice in the U.S. or Canada

When and Where the Examinations are Offered

The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. (AAPS), offers computer-based recertification examinations twice a year in testing centers across the United States and Canada. The recertification examination process in Family Practice requires candidates to pass only a written examination.

Click Here for a full listing of upcoming ABPS Recertification Exam Dates.

The Written Examination—What to Expect

The recertification examination consists of approximately 100 multiple-choice questions of four choices.  (Experimental or non-scorable items may also appear on an examination.  These questions will not necessarily be identified as non-scorable.)  Each scorable question has only one correct answer.

Test Blueprint

The following table lists the approximate number of items in each domain included on each form of the examination:

Domain Approximate Number of Questions on the Examination
Allergies/Immunology 4
Alternative Medicine 1
Cardiovascular Diseases 4
Dermatology 4
Domestic Violence 2
Endocrinology 3
Epidemiology 1
Gastroenterology 4
General Surgery 2
Geriatrics 4
Hematology / Oncology 3
Infectious Diseases 4
Medical & Surgical Emergencies 3
Neurology 3
Nutrition 3
Obstetrics / Gynecology 3
Occupational Medicine 2
Ophthalmology 2
Orthopedics 3
Otorhinolaryngology 4
Pathology – Tissue & Laboratory Values 3
Pediatrics 4
Preventive Medicine 4
Psychiatry 4
Public Health 2
Radiology 3
Renal Diseases 3
Respiratory Diseases 4
Rheumatology 3
Signs & Symptoms of Diseases 4
Sports Medicine 3
Urology 3
Ethics 1

Family Practice Examination Study References

You may wish to use the study references to prepare for the written recertification examination.  The Examinations Committee uses these references to create questions for the examinations.

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When Examination Results are Available

Official examination results will be sent by ABPS to candidates via U.S. mail approximately 4 weeks following the close of the test administration window.