Family Medicine  Board Certification Eligibility Requirements

Family Practice EligibilityThe eligibility requirements for physicians to become qualified to seek board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) vary from specialty to specialty. There are, however, several base-line requirements that all of the Member Boards share. These include owning an unrestricted medical license for every state in which the physician is licensed, annual attestation to the currency of those unrestricted medical licenses, adherence to the ABPS Code of Ethics, and a certain amount of experience within the physician’s chosen field.

The Board of Certification in Family Medicine (BCFM) has its own eligibility requirements that include the submission of a minimum of 10 documented reports for Family Medicine cases in which the physician had the lead management role during the 12-month period prior to filing his or her application with the ABPS. Four separate copies of these reports are required, and they must include the following information:

  • Date of admission and discharge
  • Admitting diagnosis
  • Final diagnosis
  • Complaint
  • History
  • Physical and lab findings
  • Summarization of the important facts, including diagnosis, care, end results and more

Also, to become eligible to apply for board certification with the BCFM, an applicant must have completed an ACGME- or AOA-approved residency in Family Medicine. The ABPS recognizes medical residencies accepted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, as well.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements for candidates who would like to earn Family Medicine board certification through the ABPS, contact us today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. ABPS was included in the recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final regulations on a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) regarding the primary care incentive. The incentive program was designed to increase Medicaid compensation for physicians performing primary care and pediatric subspecialist services.


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The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

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Internal Medicine
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Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

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