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    Requirements for Diplomates who Certify or Recertify in 2003–2010

    Any physician who successfully completed the examination in 2003 - 2010 was automatically enrolled into the MC-FP process which requires each physician to successfully complete MC-FP requirements in order to maintain certification. With MC-FP comes the option of extending the original 7-year certificate to ten years. In order to extend this certificate, Diplomates must complete MC-FP requirements by specified deadlines. If the deadlines are not met in a timely fashion, the Diplomate will continue to be certified for seven years. Regardless of which option the Diplomate chooses (7-year or 10-year path), there are MC-FP requirements that must be completed prior to taking the next recertification exam.

    The 10-year option is broken down into three 3-year stages. Each 3-year stage will have the same requirements:*

    • At least 1 Part II module (SAM)
    • At least 1 Part IV module (PPM or approved alternative)
    • Additional Part II module or Part IV module.

    * Diplomates who certified or recertified in 2003 – 2009 have the option of completing 3 Part II modules (SAMs) for their initial Stage One. All others must complete requirements as shown above.  

    In addition, each Diplomate must complete 300 CME credits in the six years leading up to the examination and continuously maintain a currently valid, full, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States or Canada.

    As long as a Diplomate continues to meet these requirements in each 3-year stage, the Diplomate will be on track for the 10-year option. If at any time a Stage requirement is not completed on time, the Diplomate will revert to the 7-year certificate.

    Requirements for the 7-year certification option are:

    • At least 3 Part II modules (SAM)
    • At least 1 Part IV module (PPM or approved alternative)
    • Three Additional Modules (Either Part II or Part IV)

    Completion of these modules are a requirement in order to take the examination in year seven and must be completed by the posted deadline for application deficiencies.

    For more specific information regarding ABFM Diplomate MC-FP requirements, please login to your Physician’s Portfolio.

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