This component of the Resident Certification Entry Process is designed to assess professional standing, which you will demonstrate continuously as a board-certified family physician. ABFM has published Guidelines for Professionalism, Licensure, and Personal Conduct(hereafter “Guidelines”) which spell out the requirements for fulfillment of this component. 

All currently board-certified Diplomates, as well as any family physicians seeking certification, are subject to these guidelines which speak to the expectation of personal conduct, medical licensure, and general adherence to the standards of professionalism.  Specific requirements can be found in the Guidelines.  It is also recommended you review the Professionalism section of ABFM's website to better understand the ABFM professionalism requirement. 

It is important that you understand the licensure requirements for certification, and the importance of the license details you enter in your Physician Portfolio, as we often find information that must be corrected and could delay the approval date of your certificate.  An institutional, temporary or training medical license should never be entered into your Physician Portfolio, as these do not meet ABFM Resident Certification Entry Process or Family Medicine Certification requirements. 

Additionally, it is crucial that the correct details are entered.  The effective date of your certification is determined by the date on which you meet all Resident Certification Entry Process requirements. Often licensure is the final requirement you will meet when trying to obtain certification.  If you enter a date other than the actual license date your medical license was granted, your board certification approval may be delayed or withdrawn, pending receipt of the correct medical license issue date. This may delay your credentialing or other processes that are required by your employer.