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Board of Certification in Family  Medicine

The family medicine board certification exam offered by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) enables successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in family medicine. Successfully completing the exam indicates mastery of family medicine experience and knowledge, as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.

To be eligible to apply for initial board certification in family medicine, an applicant must first satisfy the general requirements of the ABPS. These include being a graduate of a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine, and holding a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories, or Canada.

The Board of Certification in Family Medicine (BCFM) has its own eligibility requirements that include:

  • Completing an ACGME- or AOA-accredited residency in family medicine, or a family medicine residency accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
  • Submitting a current curriculum vitae that includes medical school, degrees earned, and work experience, in chronological order
  • Submitting a documented report of at least ten family medicine cases for which the physician had the lead management role. The case reports must be no older than twelve months from the date the candidate’s application for certification is submitted to the ABPS.
  • Successful completion of a computer-based written exam that consists of 200 multiple choice questions administered over a four-hour session.

For information about dates and fees for the application and the written exam, click here.

Once granted, all ABPS certificates are good for a period of eight years, expiring on December 31st of the eighth year.

Recertification in family medicine requires documentation of the required number of Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours, completion of the recertification application, and successful completion of the written recertification examination.

The ABPS invites qualified applicants to apply for certification in family medicine. BCFM-certified physicians are widely respected in the medical industry as professionals proven to possess the skills, knowledge, and commitment to providing exceptional patient care.

For more information about certification in family medicine through the BCFM, contact the ABPS today.