The American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP) was established in 1972 as the American Osteopathic Board of General Practitioners. The Board of Trustees of the American Osteopathic Association approved the name change of the Board in July 1993. All physicians awarded certification in general practice are currently listed as board certified in family practice if all AOA membership requirements have been satisfied. 

The AOBFP is one of 18 certifying Boards of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and is regulated by its Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists to administer examinations resulting in certification awarded by the American Osteopathic Association. The examinations offered by the AOBFP include primary certification in family medicine/osteopathic manipulative treatment, certification of added qualifications (CAQ) examinations in osteopathic geriatrics in family medicine, sports medicine, undersea and hyperbaric medicine, hospice and palliative care, sleep medicine, and pain medicine with recertification in family medicine/OMT and CAQ recertification in addiction medicine, osteopathic geriatrics in family medicine and sports medicine. 

The clinical practice route to eligibility for certification in family medicine expired with the October 2001 exam administration. Applicants now must complete an AOA-approved three-year family medicine residency program.

Voluntary recertification in family medicine began in Fall 1994 with mandatory Recertification every eight years required for certification awarded in March 1997 and thereafter. CAQ certificates in addiction medicine and sports medicine are time-dated for ten years. The CAQ certificate in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and the CAQ certificate in Geriatric Medicine is time-dated for ten years if issued after December 31, 1995.

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