The American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians administers primary certification exams, subspecialty certification exams and Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements. The following stages represent key milestones in the process to obtain initial primary board certification in Family Medicine/OMT.

Written (Cognitive) Exam

1. In order to take the Family Medicine Written (Cognitive) Exam, applicants must have completed, or be within three months of completing, a three-year residency in Family Medicine.

2. The Family Medicine Written (Cognitive) Exam is offered twice per year, in the spring and fall.

OMT Practical Exam

3. The OMT Practical Exam is held at least twice per year in spring during the ACOFP conference and in conjunction with OMED in the fall. Practical exams may also be given in May and December.

Become Board Certified

4. Upon successful completion of all exam components, the AOBFP will recommend osteopathic board certification to the AOA.

5. You will receive a letter from the AOA via email once certification has been approved.

6. You are now board certified. You will receive your certificate in the mail within 10-12 weeks upon notification of approval, as well as a certified electronic certificate.

7. Your primary certification in Family Medicine/OMT will remain active for eight years following date of issue provided you successfully complete Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements.

Osteopathic Continuous Certification

8. Maintain active licensure.

9. Participate in lifelong learning and continuing medical education.

10. Complete the cognitive assessment.

11. Complete the practice performance assessment.