The ABFM recognizes that family physicians sometimes experience delays in pursuing their initial certification goals. You have three calendar years following the year in which you finish residency training to pass the Family Medicine Certification Examination. After that, you will need to complete the Certification Entry Process to take the exam and gain initial certification status. This process includes meeting six requirements:

You will need to complete the Certification Entry requirements no later than three calendar years following the year in which you started the process; otherwise, a new cycle will be required to gain certification. Any modules you may have completed prior to starting the Entry Process (and associated fees) will not carry forward. Any incomplete modules started prior to the Entry Process will be reset so they may be started anew, and unused fees will be refunded.

If you experience problems using the ABFM website or have any other questions for the ABFM Staff, please contact the ABFM Support Center at 877-223-7437, or you may email us at [email protected].