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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