In order to participate in FMCLA, you will need to complete an application that will be reviewed and approved by ABFM, just as you have done previously for the one-day examination. There is no additional cost for the Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment (FMCLA) program. You will continue with the same payment plan you selected in your first three-year stage and the same fees will apply.


2020 FMCLA Pilot Application Dates
Deadline Description Date

Online Application Available

December 6, 2019

Last Day to Complete Application & Have Full 3-Months to Answer the 1st Quarter Questions

January 2, 2020

First Deadline to Submit Online Application

(no late fee assessed)

January 27, 2020

Final Deadline to Submit Online Application

($100 non-refundable late fee)

March 2, 2020
Deadline to Withdraw Application

March 2, 2020 

Deadline to Clear Pending Application Requirements

March 16, 2020

ADA Accommodations

You may request additional time for answering questions via the online application.  If accommodations become necessary after the application process is completed, you may submit a written request to [email protected]


Stage Requirements

Participating in FMCLA is equivalent to taking the one-day examination. As such, it only satisfies your examination requirement. Regardless of which method you select for your examination, you will need to continue to meet all other certification requirements in order to remain board certified by ABFM. Each three-year stage includes the following activity and CME requirements:


Application Withdraw 

You may withdraw your FMCLA application and switch to the one-day examination on, or before, the withdrawal deadline. This can be done through your Physician Portfolio. Your fee will simply be transferred from one application to the other.

If your FMCLA application has reached an approved status before you choose to withdraw, you will need to contact ABFM for assistance in switching to the one-day examination application at [email protected] or 877-223-7437.