Value of Certification

Patients want and expect the best medical care for themselves and their families. They want to feel confident and trust that their physician is qualified and is committed to providing safe and high-quality care.

The Mark of Excellence

Established in 1969 to serve the public, ABFM has been setting educational and training standards and certifying family physicians for more than 50 years.

Board certification is a voluntary credential that exceeds state medical licensure. Family physicians who take the extra step to become board certified demonstrate their commitment to being held accountable to this higher standard of care. They do this through lifelong learning, staying up to date with their clinical knowledge, and continually improving the care they provide. It also means they have met the standards for ethics and professionalism set by their peers.

Certification is important to patients. There is evidence that physicians who are board certified provide better care and patients agree, saying it helps ensure good patient care. In fact, more than 80% of people surveyed say that board certification status is an important factor when choosing a physician — second only to whether the doctor is covered by their insurance.

Andrea Anderson, MD, M.Ed., FAAFP
There's an incredible trust between a patient and their physician. Board certification demonstrates their physician is committed to a higher standard of care.
ANDREA ANDERSON, MD, M.ED., DABFM, FAAFP Board Certified since 2003

It’s important to hospitals, health insurers, employers, and other physicians too. They recognize ABFM Board Certification as a distinguished achievement that helps to identify high-quality family physicians.

As the mark of excellence, this higher standard also helps patients clearly distinguish ABFM board-certified physicians from non-board-certified physicians and other clinicians.

Is Your Physician ABFM Board Certified?