AAFP CME

MC-FP Guidelines

When did you last certify?


Last Certification Between 2003 - 2010

Congratulations! You have the option of taking your next Board recertification examination seven or 10 years from your last test, but you have to meet all of the Maintenance of Certification requirements to receive the three-year extension.

Part I: Professionalism

Maintain a valid, full, and unrestricted license to practice in the U.S. or Canada, and follow ABFM guidelines for professionalsim, licensure. and personal conduct.

Part II: Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning

Complete at least one Self-Assessment Module (SAM) per stage, and earn the required credits of CME in the years before the recertification examination. View AAFP CME for MC-FP Part II »

Part III: Cognitive Expertise (Exam)

Pass the recertification examination. View AAFP CME for MC-FP Part III »

Part IV: Performance in Practice

Complete at least one Performance in Practice Module (PPM) or approved alternative per stage. View AAFP CME for MC-FP Part IV »

 

If you complete MC-FP Parts I, II, III, and IV on time, in the right stages, this is what the next 10 years can look like:

STAGE 1

(Years 1-3)

  • Part II: 1 Self-Assessment Module (SAM)
  • Part IV: 1 Performance in Practice Module (PPM)
  • Part II or Part IV: 1 additional SAM or PPM (your choice)

STAGE 2

(Years 4-6)

  • Part II: 1 Self-Assessment Module (SAM)
  • Part IV: 1 Performance in Practice Module (PPM)
  • Part II or Part IV: 1 additional SAM or PPM (your choice

STAGE 3

(Years 7-9)

  • Part II: 1 Self-Assessment Module (SAM)
  • Part IV: 1 Performance in Practice Module (PPM)
  • Part II or Part IV: 1 additional SAM or PPM (your choice)

Exam

(Year 10)

Part III: Examination

To meet your Lifelong Learning requirements, you need to earn 300 CME credits in the six years prior to your examination.

If you are unable to complete MC-FP Part I, II, and IV in Stage 1 (Years 1-3) and Stage 2 (Years 4-6), you will revert to the seven-year track, and wil have to fulfill the following requirements before taking the exam in Year 7:

  • Part II: 3 Self-Assessment Modules (SAM)
  • Part II: 300 CME credits to support Lifelong Learning
  • Part IV: 1 Performance in Practice Module (PPM) or approved alternative
  • Part II or Part IV: 3 additional SAMs or PPMs (your choice)

This information is current as of January 2014, and is subject to change. For the most up-to-date requirements, consult the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)(www.theabfm.org).


Last Certification After 2010

Here's your MC-FP progression track:

Part I: Professionalism

Maintain a valid, full, and unrestricted license to practice in the U.S. or Canada, and follow ABFM guidelines for professionalism, licensure, and personal conduct.

Part II: Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning

Complete at least one Self-Assessment Module (SAM) per stage, and earn the required credits of CME in the years before the recertification examination. View AAFP CME for MC-FP Part II »

Part III: Cognitive Expertise (Exam)

Pass the recertification exam. View AAFP CME for MC-FP Part III »

Part IV: Performance in Practice

Complete at least one Performance in Practice Module (PPM) or approved alternative per stage. View AAFP CME for MC-FP Part IV »

 

If you complete MC-FP Parts I, II, III, and IV on time, in the right stages, this is what the next 10 years can look like:

STAGE 1

(Years 1-3)*

  • Part II: 1 Self-Assessment Module (SAM)
  • Part II: 150 Lifelong Learning CME credits
  • Part IV: 1 Performance in Practice Module (PPM)
  • Part II or Part IV: 1 additional SAM or PPM (your choice)

STAGE 2

(Years 4-6)*

  • Part II: 1 Self-Assessment Module (SAM)
  • Part II: 150 Lifelong Learning CME credits
  • Part IV: 1 Performance in Practice Module (PPM)
  • Part II or Part IV: 1 additional SAM or PPM (your choice)

STAGE 3

(Years 7-9)*

  • Part II: 1 Self-Assessment Module (SAM)
  • Part II: 150 Lifelong Learning CME credits
  • Part IV: 1 Performance in Practice Module (PPM)
  • Part II or Part IV: 1 additional SAM or PPM (your choice)

Exam

(Year 10)

Part III: Examination

*At least 50 MC-FP points (acquired by completion of modules) are necessary per three-year stage.

To meet your Lifelong Learning requirements, you need to earn 150 CME credits in each three-year Stage prior to your examination. Diplomates meeting all Stage requirements will be listed as board-certified on the ABFM website, while those failing to meet requirements will be listed as "not certified."


This information is current as of January 2014, and is subject to change. For the most up-to-date requirements, consult the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)(www.theabfm.org).