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    FAQ: Adolescent Medicine

    1. What are the requirements for certification in Adolescent Medicine?

    Family physicians must be certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and must be Diplomates in good standing in order to apply for and take any CAQ examination. Diplomates must hold an active, valid, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in any state or territory of the United States or any province of Canada and must have completed a minimum of two years full-time training in an Adolescent Medicine fellowship program approved by the ACGME. Also required are the formal online application, appropriate exam fee, and successful performance on the half-day written examination. Complete details regarding this exam can be obtained by viewing the section for Adolescent Medicine under the Certificate of Added Qualifications tab or by viewing the Candidate Information Booklets.

    2. How do I apply for the examination?

    The application is only available online in your Physician Portfolio. Once in your Physician Portfolio, under My Certification, click the "CAQ Examinations" link and then select "Request Application" for the appropriate exam. If you are unable to begin an application, contact the ABFM Support Center for assistance. The Support Center can be reached by calling (877) 223-7437 or via email: help@theabfm.org.

    3. What are the deadlines for the application process?

    Deadlines can be viewed by clicking on the Certificates of Added Qualifications (CAQ) tab and then clicking View Key Dates. Generally, there is a filing deadline for the application and subsequent late filing deadlines with associated late filing fees. Other components of the application process have their own specific deadlines as well. If you have questions regarding a deadline, please contact our Support Center Staff by calling (877) 223-7437 or by email: help@theabfm.org.

    4. When is the exam offered?

    The Adolescent Medicine certification exam is offered in the spring of even-numbered years (2014, 2016, 2018, etc.). The Adolescent Medicine continuing certification exam is offered annually in the spring.

    5. How is the exam delivered?

    The American Board of Pediatrics is the primary board that administers the Adolescent Medicine Exam for all participating boards and their respective physicians. The certification and continuing certification exams are administered through Prometric, the ABP's testing vendor, via computer at multiple locations around the U.S., Canada and several international locations.

    6. How long does this certification last?

    The Adolescent Medicine certification lasts 10 years.

    7. Are there ongoing requirements to maintain this certification?

    In order to maintain the Adolescent Medicine certification, physicians are required to also maintain a primary certification in Family Medicine and hold an active, valid, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in any state or territory of the United States or any province of Canada.

    Continuing certification is required in the ninth or tenth year of certification and includes submission of an online application, exam fee, verification of an active, valid, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in any state or territory of the United States or any province of Canada, and satisfactory completion of a one-day examination.

    8. If I am a U.S. Veteran or currently serve in the U.S. armed forces can I receive reimbursement for the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Adolescent Medicine Examination?

    The ABFM was approved by the Kentucky Approving Agency for Veterans Education in order to provide an opportunity for U.S. Veterans and those on active duty to receive reimbursement for the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Adolescent Medicine Examination. A Diplomate that wishes to apply for this reimbursement will need to file an application with the Kentucky Approving Agency for Veterans Education. In order to receive reimbursement for the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Adolescent Medicine Examination you need to include with your completed reimbursement application a copy of your receipt showing payment for the examination and a copy of your pass/fail letter. For copies of your receipt and pass/fail letter, please log onto your ABFM Physician Portfolio.If you have additional questions regarding the approval process you may refer to the Kentucky Approving Agency for Veterans Education website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/licensing_certification.asp. Also, please see the attached link for a copy of latest reimbursement application from the Kentucky Approving Agency for Veterans Education.

     

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