Board Certification by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) means your doctor has made a commitment to meet high standards of patient care that requires participation in ongoing practice improvement, knowledge assessment, professionalism, and continuing education. This means that your doctor keeps up with the latest advances in healthcare to meet the constantly changing medical needs of you and your family.
As a family physician, your doctor is concerned with the total health care of you and your family and is trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of chronic and acute illness, as well as address wellness and health promotion.
Your family physician receives a broad range of training that includes adult and pediatric medicine, obstetrics and women’s health, psychiatry and geriatrics. Family Physicians are trained in both ambulatory and hospital care and many
What is the American Board of Family Medicine?
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is the second largest medical specialty board in the U.S. The ABFM was founded in 1969, and is a voluntary, not-for-profit, private organization that seeks to:
• Promote excellence in medical care
• Assure the public of qualified family physicians who engage in life-long learning
• Support high standards in medical education and training in family medicine
• Evaluate family doctors that apply for and hold certificates in family medicine
The ABFM was the first medical specialty board to require recertification or continual testing of its certified doctors and has required a significant commitment from its doctors in the area of continuing medical education from the beginning.
The ABFM is one of the twenty-four certifying boards of the American Board of Medical
Specialties (ABMS) and is the only member board that certifies family doctors.
So, what is the ABMS?
ABMS is made up of the twenty-four recognized medical specialty boards in this country, and
certifies most of the doctors in the U.S. Doctors who obtain certification with ABMS boards must meet high standards in education and clinical practice must continually participate in
What is Board Certification?
To be board-certified, your physician must hold an unrestricted license to practice medicine
and have completed three years of specialty training in Family Medicine after graduation from
But it doesn’t end there. Your doctor has also successfully completed a series of additional educational requirements within Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians (MCFP). ABFM Maintenance of Certification, now required for all certifying boards of the ABMS, allows the ABFM to continually assess its Diplomates. Additionally, as part of MC-FP, your doctor is required to retest on a regular
To learn more about the ABFM, visit www.theabfm.org
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