Certificate of Added Qualifications

The Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Adolescent Medicine is offered in conjunction with the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Internal Medicine.   This CAQ, which became available to qualifying ABFM physicians in 2001, is designed to recognize your excellence in the total health care of adolescents within their families and/or the settings in which they live and interact. 


How Do I Obtain Initial Adolescent Medicine CAQ?

The Adolescent Medicine certification examination is offered every other year. If you are interested in seeking initial Adolescent Medicine Certification, you will need to meet the following requirements to become eligible to take the examination and gain certification:

  • Continuously maintain your ABFM Family Medicine Certification
  • Complete of a minimum 24 months of full-time training in an ACGME-accredited Adolescent Medicine fellowship program and submit verification of completion documentation
  • Submit an online application with the appropriate fee
  • Achieve a passing score on the Adolescent Medicine Certification examination.

Your board eligibility period for Adolescent Medicine certification begins the day after the verified completion of your fellowship training and expires after seven date-to-date years (Example: 07/01/2017-06/30/2024).  In order to remain Board Eligible for the Adolescent Medicine CAQ during this time, you will need to maintain your ABFM Family Medicine Certification.  For details, visit our CAQ Board Eligibility page.


How Do I Maintain Adolescent Medicine CAQ?

The continuing certification examination is offered annually.  The Adolescent Medicine CAQ certification is 10 years in duration.   If you are interested in maintaining your Adolescent Medicine Certificate of Added Qualifications, you will need to meet the following requirements to take the Adolescent Medicine CAQ Continuing Certification examination and maintain certification status.  

  • Continuously maintain your ABFM Family Medicine Certification
  • Submit an online application with the appropriate fee
  • Achieve a passing score on the Adolescent Medicine Continuing Certification examination.

You may choose may take the Adolescent Medicine examination prior to the year in which your CAQ is scheduled to expire, if desired. Each time you successfully complete the Adolescent medicine examination you will reset your 10-year Adolescent Medicine CAQ certification.  Any time remaining on your previous certificate will be foregone. If you are unsuccessful on the examination, you may re-attempt provided that application requirements are met.


My Adolescent Medicine CAQ has Lapsed

If you have previously held Adolescent Medicine CAQ certification and it has lapsed, you can still regain certification.  If you meet the requirements below, you may regain certification no matter how long it has been lapsed.

  • Continuously maintain your ABFM Family Medicine Certification
  • Submit an online application with the appropriate fee
  • Achieve a passing score on the Adolescent Medicine Certification examination.

How Do I Get Started?

If you are interested in obtaining, maintaining, or regaining an Adolescent Medicine Certificate of Added Qualifications, you may access the online application for the Adolescent Medicine CAQ examination under “CAQ Examinations” in your Physician Portfolio.

For additional information, please contact Alexandria Bailey at [email protected] or 859-429-5794.