ABFM News: Meet Your Deadline & Fee Reductions

Meet Your Saturday, December 31, Deadline

Board-certified family physicians with a certification stage ending on Saturday, December 31, 2022, are encouraged to log into their MyABFM Portfolio to confirm they have completed any and all outstanding requirements. This includes physicians who last completed their exam requirement in 2013, 2016, or 2019.

Physicians in the 2020-22 cohort who do not complete their stage requirements by Saturday, December 31, 2022, will no longer be board certified.

To help with these outstanding requirements, physicians can check out the 5 Tips to Avoid the Rush Handout.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact the ABFM Support Center or call 877.223.7437.

ABFM Announces Certification Fee Reductions

The ABFM recently announced several fee reductions associated with maintaining certification. The new changes listed below offer lower associated costs for participation in Family Medicine Certification and are effective immediately.


Additionally, the annual fee for ABFM Continuing Certification will remain at $200 per year. This fee has not changed since 2012, when it was reduced from $235 per year to $200 per year. The ABFM remains committed to ensuring board certification remains valuable to family physicians who strive to provide the highest quality of care to their patients and communities.

In addition to considering the financial burden, the ABFM has been working to develop alternatives for your certification activities, focused on increasing relevance and reduction in your time burden to complete. As such, ABFM made several updates to its certification programs:

  • The Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment (FMCLA) is now available to all currently certified Diplomates as a permanent exam alternative, beginning the year in which their next examination requirement is due to be complete.
  • A substantial revision of all Knowledge Self-Assessments (KSAs) streamlining all questions into single-best answer format and updating all critiques and references. The newest releases include Care of Women, Care of Older Adults, and Care of Hospitalized Patients.
  • The addition of National Journal Club provides convenient access to the latest peer-reviewed articles relevant to family medicine practice and includes the ability to earn certification credit points in small increments of time.
  • The release of a new Health Equity Performance Improvement (PI) Activity using the popular self-directed PI pathway, as well as a new Health Equity Self-Assessment activity, developed in collaboration with American Academy of Family Physicians.

Please visit the ABFM website for more information.


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