The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Board Eligibility Policy defines “Board Eligible” as having completed residency training but not yet attained initial certification. 

Board Eligibility status is not available through the Verification system.  The physician must contact the ABFM directly to obtain verification of board eligibility or we must have expressed written consent directly from the physician to provide board eligibility details.

To claim board eligible status, a “Board Eligible” Family Medicine physician has:

  • satisfactorily completed an ACGME-accredited residency program
  • is engaged in the Resident Certification Entry or the Certification Entry process, and
  • has obtained licensure in compliance with the ABFM Guidelines for Professionalism, Licensure, and Personal Conduct.

Although the period of Board Eligibility runs for seven years following a physician’s successful, verified completion of ACGME residency training, the physician must meet the above requirements in order to claim board eligible status during that period.  After expiration of the seven-year board eligibility period, a physician may no longer refer to themselves as Board Eligible.  To regain an additional seven-year board eligibility period and to qualify for the Family Medicine Certification Examination the physician must complete one year of additional training in an ACGME-accredited Family Medicine residency training program, or an ABFM-approved alternative Family Medicine residency training program.