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    Base exam fees included in the table below apply to initial certification candidates, retakers, candidates on the Pay-as-you-go Family Medicine Certification payment plan, and Entry and Re-Entry candidates. Candidates who have chosen the annual, process, stage, or full prepayment Family Medicine Certification payment plans will not owe the base exam fee as these plans incorporate the exam fee in the certification fee payments; however, late fees may apply to all candidates. To review the specific fees that apply to your examination, please login to your portfolio, start the exam application, and review the fee details.

    Family Medicine Certification Examinations 2016
    Registration Begins (online applications available) July 22
    First Deadline to Submit Online Application ($1,300; no late fee assessed) August 22 
    Final Deadline to Submit Online Application ($1,400; includes $100 non-refundable late fee) September 15
    Priority Seating Ends (for best seating options, select a testing center by this date) September 15
    Deadline to Submit Special Testing Accommodations Documentation September 15
    Last Day to Complete All Certification Activity Requirements for Examination September 15
    Last Day to Clear Application Deficiencies (except license & completion of training) September 30
    Deadline to Make Official Name Change with ABFM for Examination September 30
    Deadline to Select Testing Date/Location
    Note: There will be limited seating for anyone selecting a test center after September 17.  
    October 1
    All Family Medicine Residency Training Must be Completed December 31*
    Deadline to Withdraw from Examination without Cancellation Fee 30 days prior to scheduled exam
    Deadline to Withdraw from Examination without Seat Fee 5 days prior to scheduled exam
    Deadline to Change Testing Date/Location 48 hours prior to scheduled exam
    Fall Examination Dates November 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 19 (2016)
    Examination Results To be determined
    (* Residents who are in good standing and expected to complete training by December 31, 2016 are eligible to take the November 2016 examination. Anyone completing between January 1 and April 30, 2017 will require Program Director approval. Anyone completing after April 30, 2017 should plan to take the exam in the next administration window.)
    Family Medicine Certification Examinations 2017
    Spring Examination Dates April 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18 & 19 (2017)
    Fall Examination Dates November 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 (2017)

    NOTE: All returned checks and credit card payments (mailed or faxed to ABFM for hand processing) that are declined by the credit card company, will require submission of a certified check or money order for the original amount plus a $50 administration fee.

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