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    Reciprocity Agreements

     The American Board of Family Medicine has reciprocity agreements with the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Diplomates of the ABFM may be eligible to seek certification by these colleges. Members in good standing of these colleges (and the Royal College of General Practitioners of Great Britain) who meet all other requirements of the ABFM and reside in the United States may be eligible to take the ABFM Family Medicine Certification Examination. Eligibility to sit for the ABFM Family Medicine Certification Examination through reciprocity is available only to physicians who have satisfactorily completed formal Family Medicine training accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting organization within the country in which they are certified. Effective August, 2000, diplomates of the American Board of Family Medicine are no longer eligible to seek certification by the Royal College of General Practitioners of Great Britain.

    College of Family Physicians of Canada

    The following two options are available:

    1. Physicians who have satisfactorily completed two years of training in a Family Medicine residency program accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada may apply for certification by the ABFM upon the successful completion of a third year of accredited Family Medicine residency. The third year of training must be satisfactorily completed in an ACGME-accredited Family Medicine program or, if taken in Canada, must be approved by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. The third year must have prior approval of the American Board of Family Medicine and bring the total residency experience into compliance with the ACGME "Program Requirements for Residency Education in Family Practice." The request must be accompanied by documentation of satisfactory performance of the first two years of training (including a description of the curriculum) signed by the Program Director.
    2. Physicians who have passed the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Certification Examination in Family Medicine may apply to sit for the ABFM Family Medicine Certification Examination, if they:
      • are certified by exam and a member in good standing of the College of Family Physicians of Canada at the time of application;
      • have satisfactorily completed two years of post-graduate residency training in family medicine accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada;
      • have been a resident of the United States for at least six (6) months;
      • hold a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States; and,
      • are actively involved in Family Medicine in the United States for at least six (6) months
      Physicians approved to take the examination must maintain their good standing in the CFPC through the date of the examination.

    Royal College of General Practitioners (Great Britain)

    Registrants of the Royal College of General Practitioners (Great Britain)—Physicians who have been certified by the Royal College of General Practitioners by examination may apply to sit for the ABFM Family Medicine Certification Examination if they:

    • are members in good standing of the Royal College of General Practitioners;
    • possess a Certificate of Prescribed/Equivalent Experience issued by the Joint Committee on Post Graduate Training for General Practice;
    • reside in the United States;
    • hold a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States; and,
    • are actively involved in Family Medicine in the United States.

    Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners

    Physicians who are members of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners may apply to sit for the ABFM Family Medicine Certification Examination if they:

    • are members in good standing of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners;
    • have completed the General Practice Vocational Training Program;
    • reside in the United States;
    • hold a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States; and,
    • are actively involved in Family Medicine in the United States.

    Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

    Physicians who are fellows of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners may apply to sit for the ABFM Family Medicine Certification Examination if they:

    • are members in good standing of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners;
    • have completed the Royal Australian College of General Practice Training Program;
    • reside in the United States;
    • hold a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States; and,
    • are actively involved in Family Medicine in the United States.

     

     

     

     

     

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