Certificates of Added Qualifications

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    FAQ: Certificates of Added Qualifications

    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.

     

    Geriatric Medicine

    1. What are the requirements for certification in Geriatric 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 qualify by satisfactory completion of an ACGME-accredited fellowship training program in Geriatric Medicine.

    Also required are the formal online application, appropriate exam fee and successful performance on the one-day computer-based examination. Complete details regarding this exam can be obtained by viewing the section for Geriatric Medicine under the Certificate of Added Qualifications tab or by viewing the Candidate Information Booklets.

    2. How do I apply for the ABIM examination?

    The application is only available online within your Physician Portfolio. Once in your Physician Portfolio, under My Certification, click the "CAQ Examinations" link and then select "Begin 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 selecting Upcoming Deadlines. 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 ABIM exam offered?

    The Geriatric Medicine certification exam is offered every year in the fall. The Geriatric Medicine continuing certification exam is offered in the spring and fall every year.

    5. How is the exam delivered?

    The American Board of Internal Medicine is the primary board that administers the Geriatric Medicine Exam for all participating boards and their respective physicians. The exam is administered on computer by their testing vendor, Pearson VUE in the U.S. and international sites.

    6. How long does this certification last?

    The Geriatric Medicine certification lasts 10 years.

    7. Are there ongoing requirements to maintain this certification?

    In order to maintain the Geriatric 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 Geriatric 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 Geriatric 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 Geriatric 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.

     

    Hospice & Palliative Medicine

    1. What are the requirements for certification in Hospice & Palliative 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 qualify by satisfactory completion of a 12-month, ACGME-accredited fellowship training program in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. A full list of requirements can be found in the Candidate Application Booklets for Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

    Also required are the formal online application, appropriate exam fee and successful performance on the one-day computer-based examination. Complete details regarding this exam can be obtained by viewing the section for Hospice and Palliative Medicine under the Certificates of Added Qualifications tab or by viewing the Candidate Application Booklets.

    2. How do I apply for the examination?

    The application is only available online within your Physician Portfolio. Once in your Physician Portfolio, under My Certification, click the "CAQ Examinations" link and then select "Begin 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 selecting 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 Hospice & Palliative Medicine exam is offered in the fall every other year (2008, 2010, 2012, etc.).

    5. How is the exam delivered?

    The American Board of Internal Medicine is the primary Board that administers the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Exam for all participating boards and their respective physicians. The exam is administered on computer by their testing vendor, Pearson VUE in the U.S. and internationally.

    6. How long does this certification last?

    The Hospice & Palliative Medicine certification lasts 10 years.

    7. Are there ongoing requirements to maintain this certification?

    In order to maintain the Hospice & Palliative 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.

    Although requirements have yet to be determined, 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.

    Note: Successfully recertifying earlier than your 10th year of certification starts a new certification cycle and the remaining time on your original certification is foregone.

    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 Hospice and Palliative 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 Hospice and Palliative 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 Hospice and Palliative 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.

     

    Pain Medicine

    1. What are the requirements for certification in Pain 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 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 qualify by satisfactory completion of an ACGME-accredited fellowship training program in Pain Medicine.

    Also required are the formal online application, appropriate exam fee, and successful performance on the half-day computer-based examination. Complete details regarding this exam can be obtained by viewing the section for Pain Medicine under the Certificate of Added Qualifications tab.

    2. How do I apply for the examination?

    The application is only available online in your Physician Portfolio, which you may access after entering your ABFM ID and Password. 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 selecting 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 Pain Medicine exam is offered annually in the fall.

    5. How is the exam delivered?

    The American Board of Anesthesiology is the primary board that administers the Pain Medicine Exam for all participating boards and their respective physicians. The exam is administered on computer by their testing vendor, Pearson VUE in the U.S. and limited international sites.

    6. How long does this certification last?

    The Pain Medicine certification lasts 10 years.

    7. Are there ongoing requirements to maintain this certification?

    In order to maintain the Pain 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. Who are the cosponsoring boards for this certification?

    The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) has joined the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR), the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) in providing a multidisciplinary subspecialty certificate in Pain Medicine.

    9. What if I'm currently or previously certified by another ABMS board?

    Beginning in 2015, the American Board of Family Medicine will handle all Pain Medicine certifications and continuing certifications for family physicians who hold a primary certification in Family Medicine with the ABFM. This includes physicians who have been previously certified by other ABMS boards, such as the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR).

    10. 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 Pain 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 Pain 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 Pain 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.

     

    Sleep Medicine

    1. What are the requirements for certification in Sleep 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 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 qualify by satisfactory completion of an ACGME-accredited fellowship training program in Sleep Medicine.

    Also required are the formal online application, appropriate exam fee, and successful performance on the one-day computer-based examination. Complete details regarding this exam can be obtained by viewing the section for Sleep 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 selecting 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 Sleep Medicine exam is offered in the fall of odd-numbered years (2013, 2015, 2017, etc.).

    5. How is the exam delivered?

    The American Board of Internal Medicine is the primary board that administers the Sleep Medicine Exam for all participating boards and their respective physicians. The exam is administered on computer by their testing vendor, Pearson VUE in the U.S. and international sites.

    6. How long does this certification last?

    The Sleep Medicine certification lasts 10 years.

    7. Are there ongoing requirements to maintain this certification?

    In order to maintain the Sleep 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 Sleep 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 Sleep 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 Sleep 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.

     

    Sports Medicine

    1. What are the requirements for certification in Sports 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 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 qualify by satisfactory completion of an ACGME-accredited fellowship training program in Sports Medicine.

    Also required are the formal online application, appropriate exam fee and successful performance on the half-day computer-based examination. Complete details regarding this exam can be obtained by viewing the section for Sports 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 "Begin 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 selecting 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 certification and continuing certification for the CAQ for Sports Medicine are offered annually in July and November. The exam administration in November is typically reserved for off-cycle residents, repeat examinees, and select candidates unable to attend the July exam.

    5. How is the exam delivered?

    All ABFM exams are administered through Prometric, our testing vendor, via computer at multiple locations around the U.S., Canada and several international locations.

    6. How long does this certification last?

    The Sports Medicine certification lasts 10 years.

    7. Are there ongoing requirements to maintain this certification?

    In order to maintain the Sports 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.

    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 Sports 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 Sports 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 Sports 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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