Certificates of Added Qualifications

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    Pain Medicine

    In a joint venture, the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Anesthesiology offer a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Pain Medicine. This CAQ is designed to recognize excellence among those Diplomates who are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of the entire range of painful disorders. Pain Medicine Examinations are given annually.

    Certification Requirements

    • Family physicians must be certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and must be Diplomates in good standing in order to apply and take the examination and must maintain their primary Family Medicine Certification with the ABFM to maintain Pain Medicine CAQ.
    • 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 be in continuous compliance with the ABFM Guidelines for Professionalism, Licensure, and Personal Conduct.
    • Diplomates must satisfactorily complete a 12-month, ACGME-accredited fellowship training program in Pain Medicine.
    • Diplomates must submit an online application with appropriate application fee.
    • Diplomates must achieve a satisfactory score on the half-day computer-based Pain Medicine Examination.

    Recertification Requirements
    The recertification process for the Pain Medicine certificate may be completed in the ninth or tenth year of the certificate and includes the following requirements:

    • Family physicians must be certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and must be Diplomates in good standing in order to apply and take the examination and must maintain their primary Family Medicine Certification with the ABFM to maintain Pain Medicine CAQ.
    • 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 be in continuous compliance with the ABFM Guidelines for Professionalism, Licensure, and Personal Conduct.
    • Diplomates must currently hold or previously have held certification in Pain Medicine with the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or the American Board of Family Medicine.
    • Diplomates must submit an online application with appropriate application fee.
    • Diplomates must achieve a satisfactory score on the half-day computer-based Pain Medicine Examination.

    Important Dates:

       Pain Medicine

    2018 Candidate Information Booklet:

       Pain Medicine [168 KB]
       Examination Blueprint [63 KB]

    2017 Candidate Information Booklet:

       Pain Medicine [155 KB]

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