Initial Certification / Residency

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    Residency Guidelines

    Program Directors are responsible for conducting their residency training programs in compliance with the "Institutional and Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Family Medicine" of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Directors should periodically review these requirements with their faculty, staff, and residents.

    At the time of entry into a program, the Family Medicine resident is expected to be familiar with: the ACGME "Institutional Requirements," the "Program Requirements for Residency Education in Family Medicine," the "Requirements for Certification by the American Board of Family Medicine," and any additional requirements of the program into which the resident has entered. The ACGME and ABFM requirements are available at their respective websites.

    It should be noted that any variance from the "Program Requirements for Residency Education in Family Medicine," or failure to comply with the ABFM Requirements for Certification, places the resident at risk of being unable to qualify for the ABFM's examinations.

    If there is any doubt regarding compliance with the "Program Requirements for Residency Education in Family Medicine" or ABFM Requirements for Certification, Program Directors are urged to consult with the ACGME and/or the Board.

    Selection of Residents
    Only those physicians who possess the qualifications set forth in the section on "Eligibility and Selection of Residents" of the ACGME's Institutional Requirements are eligible to enter a Family Medicine residency training program.

    Programs must make a special effort to confirm that all of the educational requirements for the M.D. and D.O. degrees have been completed prior to entry for U.S. graduates, and that international graduates have one of the following: a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment, a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the U.S. licensing jurisdiction in which they are training, or completed a Fifth Pathway program of an LCME-accredited medical school.

    The formal registration of all residents in ACGME-accredited Family Medicine residency programs is accomplished via the ABFM's web-based Resident Training Management System. This includes residents who have entered the program as first-year residents, as well as transfers and advanced level placements from other disciplines.

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