Family Medicine Certification

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) certification process provides a mechanism for Family Physicians to demonstrate current competency, commitment to high quality care, and professionalism to their patients, the public, and colleagues. Patients highly value knowing that their physician is board-certified. 

Family Medicine Certification (FMC) is a continuous voluntary process that emphasizes the importance of ongoing participation in activities that evaluate each of these components, with a goal of maintaining clinical excellence that benefits both the physician and their patients. Continuous Family Medicine Certification is divided into three-year stages, with an examination every 10 years. The components of continuous certification are designed to assess important physician characteristics: Professionalism, Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning, Cognitive Expertise, and Performance Improvement.


ABFM Certification Longitudinal Assessment Pilot

The ABFM Certification Longitudinal Assessment Pilot is an alternative to the one-day examination. Family Physicians who are in the 10th year of their certification cycle in 2019 and in good standing with continuing certification are eligible for the optional pilot. The last day for eligible Diplomates to begin a new application for the pilot is March 1, 2019. READ MORE


Maintenance of Certification - Michigan Law

In December 2018, the Michigan legislature passed and the governor signed a two-bill package into law (Public Act 486 and 487) that prohibits specialty certification as a requirement for Family Physicians, Internists, and Pediatricians earning or renewing medical licensure in Michigan. It also prohibits insurers from withholding reimbursement based solely on specialty board certification. However, should a physician seek an expedited license to practice in multiple states through the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which Michigan entered into through legislation passed and signed into law in December 2018 (Public Acts 563 and 524), the physician would be required to maintain specialty board certiciation. READ MORE