Certificates of Added Qualifications

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    Sports Medicine

    The American Board of Family Medicine offers a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Sports Medicine. This CAQ is designed to recognize excellence among those Diplomates whose practices emphasize expertise in the Sports Medicine field. The CAQ in Sports Medicine is offered twice annually in conjunction with the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

    Certification Requirements

    • Family physicians must be certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, be Diplomates in good standing in order to apply and take the examination, and must maintain their primary Family Medicine Certification to maintain Sports 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, or will have completed (by July 31 for the July exam and November 30 for the November exam), a minimum of one year in an ACGME-accredited sports medicine fellowship program associated with an ACGME-accredited residency in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, or Pediatrics.
    • Diplomates must submit an online application with appropriate application fee.
    • Diplomates must achieve a satisfactory score on the half-day computer-based Sports Medicine examination.

    Recertification Requirements

    Recertification in Sports Medicine is offered in the ninth or tenth year of the certificate. Candidates may choose to seek recertification in July of either year and in case of failure they will be given the opportunity to retake it in November.

    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.

    Requirements to sit for the Sports Medicine Recertification Examination include:

    • Family physicians must be certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, be Diplomates in good standing in order to apply and take the examination, and must maintain their primary Family Medicine Certification to maintain Sports 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 submit an online application with appropriate application fee.
    • Diplomates must achieve a satisfactory score on the half-day computer-based Sports Medicine examination.

    Important Dates:

       Sports Medicine

    2018 Candidate Information Booklet(s):

       Sports Medicine [183 KB]
       Examination Outline [35 KB]

    2017 Candidate Information Booklet(s):

       Sports Medicine [179 KB]

    Fellowship Training:

       Fellowship Performance Reports [542 KB]

    CAQ Rescore:

       Rescore


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