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    Dates Certification and Recertification

    For applicable examination fee and application fee amounts, see fee schedule in the Candidate Information Booklet or inside the online application.

    Family Medicine Certification Examinations 2018
    FALL EXAMINATIONS 2018
    Registration Begins (online applications available) July 20
    First Deadline to Submit Online Application (no late fee assessed) August 24 
    Priority Seating Ends (for best seating options, select a testing center by this date) September 17
    Final Deadline to Submit Online Application (requires a $100 non-refundable late fee) September 17
    Deadline to Submit Special Testing Accommodations Documentation September 17
    Deadline to Complete All Certification Activity Requirements for Examination September 17
    Deadline to Clear Pending Requirements (except license & completion of training) October 1
    Deadline to Make Official Name Change with ABFM for Examination October 1
    Deadline to Select Testing Date/Location
    Note: There will be limited seating for anyone selecting a test center after September 17.  
    October 22
    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 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 
    Examination Results (tentative) December 30
     
    (* Residents who are in good standing and expected to complete training by December 31, 2018 are eligible to take the November 2018 examination. Anyone completing between January 1 and April 30, 2019 will require Program Director approval. Anyone completing after April 30, 2019 should plan to take the exam in the next administration window.)
     
     
    Family Medicine Certification Examinations 2019
    SPRING EXAMINATIONS 2019
    Registration Begins (online applications available) December 7, 2018
    First Deadline to Submit Online Application (no late fee assessed) January 25 
    Priority Seating Ends (for best seating options, select a testing center by this date) February 15
    Final Deadline to Submit Online Application (requires a $100 non-refundable late fee) March 1
    Deadline to Submit Special Testing Accommodations Documentation March 1
    Deadline to Complete All Certification Activity Requirements for Examination March 1
    Deadline to Clear Pending Requirements (except license & completion of training) March 15
    Deadline to Make Official Name Change with ABFM for Examination March 15
    Deadline to Select Testing Date/Location
    Note: There will be limited seating for anyone selecting a test center after February 15.  
    March 22
    All Family Medicine Residency Training Must be Completed June 30*
    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
    Spring Examination Dates April 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 & 29 (2019)
    Examination Results (tentative) June 14
     
    (* Residents who are in good standing and expected to complete training by June 30, 2019 are eligible to take the April 2019 examination. Anyone completing between July 1 and October 31, 2019 will require Program Director approval. Anyone completing after October 31, 2019 should plan to take the exam in the next administration window.)
     
     
    Family Medicine Certification Examinations 2019
    FALL EXAMINATIONS 2019
    Registration Begins (online applications available) July 19
    First Deadline to Submit Online Application (no late fee assessed) August 23 
    Priority Seating Ends (for best seating options, select a testing center by this date) September 16
    Final Deadline to Submit Online Application (requires a $100 non-refundable late fee) September 16
    Deadline to Submit Special Testing Accommodations Documentation September 16
    Deadline to Complete All Certification Activity Requirements for Examination September 16
    Deadline to Clear Pending Requirements (except license & completion of training) October 7
    Deadline to Make Official Name Change with ABFM for Examination October 7
    Deadline to Select Testing Date/Location
    Note: There will be limited seating for anyone selecting a test center after September 16.  
    October 28
    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 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16 (2019)
    Examination Results (tentative) December 31
     
    (* Residents who are in good standing and expected to complete training by December 31, 2019 are eligible to take the November 2019 examination. Anyone completing between January 1 and April 30, 2020 will require Program Director approval. Anyone completing after April 30, 2020 should plan to take the exam in the next administration window.)
     
     

    NOTES:

    • To review the specific fees that apply to your examination, please log in to your Physician Portfolio, start the exam application, and review the fee details.
    • To avoid a late registration fee, the application must be advanced beyond the payment page by the first deadline to submit the online application.

     

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