Board Certification
CME Hours | Verification & Maintenance



AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC BOARD OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS
The American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP) is one of 18 certifying Boards of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).  General certification is achieved through satisfactory completion of residency training, certifying examination, and meeting of all other requirements for specialty certification.


EXAM SCHEDULE 



CERTIFICATION
The American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP) offers certification, OCC (Recertification) and CAQ exams at various times and locations during the year.  AOBFP administers the examinations resulting in:

Primary Certification in Family Medicine

Certification of Added Qualification (CAQ) Examinations
Osteopathic Geriatrics in Family Medicine  |  Sports Medicine  |  Hospice & Palliative Care  |  Sleep Medicine  |  Hyperbaric Medicine

OCC (Recertification) in Family Medicine

CAQ OCC (Recertification)
Osteopathic Geriatrics in Family Medicine  |  Sports Medicine  |  Addiction Medicine



EXAMS & LOCATIONS
The cognitive assessment portion of the certification examination is administered electronically at multiple regional test sites. The CAQ exams continue to be administered in a paper/pencil format and the practical performance evaluation portion of the examination is offered at the primary osteopathic convention sites in the Spring (ACOFP Annual Convention & Scientific Seminars) and in the Fall (OMED AOA / ACOFP Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition).

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CME HOURS TO MAINTAIN CERTIFICATION
Certified physicians in family practice and osteopathic manipulative treatment are required to maintain a total of 150 CME hours - 30 hours more than the 120 hour AOA membership requirement.

Thirty (30) of the 150 hours must be in category 1-A to meet the AOA requirement.

Fifty (50) of the required 150 CME hours for the three-year cycle must be documented in the primary specialty area of family practice and OMT.

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VERIFICATION & MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION 
The AOA is the certifying organization and its American Osteopathic Information (AOIA) must be contacted to respond to all verifications of certification.  That office provides a physician profile, the official form of verification or certification awarded by the American Osteopathic Association.  You may use the AOA website to send your physician profile directly to a state licensure board.

To obtain a 'physician profile', visit the AOA Physician Profile Service Page.



AOBFP vs. ACOFP

AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC BOARD OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS (AOBFP)
Reviews and approves candidates for examination, administers and evaluates the examinations, and processes the diplomate certificate upon the awarding of that status by the AOA.


AMERICAN COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC FAMILY PHYSICIANS (ACOFP)
Maintains basic standards for residency training programs and provides educational opportunities and resources for its members to fulfill exam eligibility requirements. Initial certification requires the satisfactory completion of an AOA-approved family medicine residency program of three years.



                 


CONTACT THE BOARD


For detailed certification requirements, applications, questions about certification and how to register for the exams, contact 
AOBFP.



Executive Director

Carol Thoma, MBA
(847) 640-8477

Recorded message about exam dates & information: 800-390-5801