You may begin the certification examination application process and submit payment for the examination without completing the Resident Certification Entry activity requirements. In order to be approved to take the examination and select a test center date and location, all resident entry certification activity points must be completed by the posted deadline.

The Family Medicine Certification Examination is administered in April and November of each year. To avoid late application filing fees, it is recommended that you start the application early within the application window.


APRIL FAMILY MEDICINE CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION ELIGIBILITY

  • If you are expected to graduate by June 30, you will automatically be provided the application link in your Physician Portfolio for the April examination when it becomes available. 
  • If you are expected to graduate between July 1 and October 31, you may be eligible to apply for the April examination based on a recommendation from your residency program director via the Resident Training Management (RTM) system. 

NOVEMBER FAMILY MEDICINE CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION ELIGIBILITY

  • If you are expected to graduate between November 1 and December 31, you will automatically be provided the application link in your Physician Portfolio for the November examination when it becomes available.
  • If you are expected to complete your training between January 1 and April 30, you may be eligible to apply for the November examination based on a recommendation from your residency program director via the RTM system.

For additional information regarding the Family Medicine Certification Examination format and important dates, please visit the Family Medicine Certification Examination section of ABFM's website.