Certification Status

A physician identified as Certified has met the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of family medicine residency training and verification by the program (or qualified under reciprocity agreement)
  • Participation in Family Medicine Certification activities
  • Maintain a medical license in compliance with the licensure requirements as identified in the ABFM Guidelines for Professionalism, Licensure, and Personal Conduct
  • Successful completion of the Family Medicine Certification Examination every ten years

Physician’s identified as Not Certified have not met all of the above requirements or deadlines for requirements in order to obtain and maintain certification.


Clinical Status

To more accurately reflect to the public whether a physician is currently caring for patients, ABFM reports the Diplomate’s self-designated Clinical Status. Because some ABFM-certified family physicians do not provide direct patient care, certification requirements may be customized based on a physician’s clinical self-designation.


Retirement Status

Physicians no longer seeing patients that would like to indicate their retirement are able to do so through their Physician Portfolio.  If he/she is currently certified, certification status will remain current so long as he/she continues meeting certification requirements. All physicians that self-designate as retired will be listed as retired on the ABFM website, allowing the public and credentialing entities to accurately know the physician’s status.