FMCLA Pilot Eligibility Requirements 

You will be eligible to participate in the Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment (FMCLA) pilot if you meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Currently a Diplomate with certification due to end December 31, 2020 (physicians in their tenth year of certification)*
  • Submission and approval of online application
  • Continuous compliance with ABFM Guidelines for Professionalism, Licensure, and Personal Conduct which includes holding medical license(s) which meet the licensure requirements of the Guidelines

The pilot is designed to maintain a comparable, controlled cohort of participants for program analysis and logistical purposes. Carefully defining the eligible participant group during the pilot phase of implementation is important to the overall success of the pilot including effective communications, focused participant analysis, and change management. For this reason, there will be no exceptions to participants who do not meet the pilot eligibility requirements. Data analysis from the pilot will inform future expansion of FMCLA as an alternative to the one-day examination

You have the option at the time of application to select the One-Day Family Medicine Certification Examination or the Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment (FMCLA) pilot.

* The initial eligible cohort of participants were current Diplomates whose certification was due to end December 31, 2019. These physicians had the opportunity to register to participate in FMCLA from December 2018 through March 2019. Those from this group who did not register during the 2019 open application period are no longer eligible to register for FMCLA at this time.


FMCLA Eligibility Requirements Beyond the Pilot 

If FMCLA continues to be successful and well-received by Diplomates, we intend to expand the pilot in 2021, with the hope that this will become a recurring option after the pilot is completed. We are regularly reviewing the Longitudinal Assessment feedback during year two and will announce details for those Diplomates who are due to take the examination in 2021 by October 2020.