American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians

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American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians
American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians logo.gif
Abbreviation AOBFP
Formation 1972[1]
Type Professional
Headquarters Arlington Heights, IL
Coordinates 42°02′33″N 87°58′42″W / 42.04247°N 87.97834°W / 42.04247; -87.97834Coordinates: 42°02′33″N 87°58′42″W / 42.04247°N 87.97834°W / 42.04247; -87.97834
Chairman
Frank A.E. Bonifacio, DO
Vice Chairman
Robert George, DO
Website aobfp.org
Former name
American Osteopathic Board of General Practitioners

The American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP) is an organization that provides board certification to qualified osteopathic physicians (D.O.) who specialize in delivering comprehensive primary care for patients of all ages, genders, and addressing all parts of the body (family physicians). The board is one 18 medical specialty certifying boards of the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),[2] and was established in 1972. As of April 2012, 6,344 osteopathic family physicians held active certification with the AOBFP.[3]

Board certification[edit]

Initial certification is available to osteopathic family physicians who have successfully completed an AOA-approved residency in family medicine, two years of practice, successful completion of written and oral exams, and chart review.

Voluntary recertification was first offered in Fall 1994, and mandatory recertification began in March 1997.[4] Before this time, the initial board certification was permanent and recertification was not required. Since March 1997, if a physician does not recertify every eight years, their board certification status expires.[5][6]

Osteopathic family physicians may also receive Certification of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in the following areas:[7][8]

The Certification of Added Qualifications must be maintained through the process of recertification every 10 years.

For an osteopathic physician to be board-certified in any specialty, they must be AOA members, pay certification fees, and complete at least 120 hours of continuing medical education in a three-year period.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ayres, RE; Scheinthal, S; Gross, C; Bell, EC (March 2009). "Osteopathic specialty board certification.". The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 109 (3): 181–90. PMID 19336771. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "AOA Specialty Certifying Boards". American Osteopathic Association. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Ayres, Ronald E; Scheinthal, S; Gross, C; Bell, E (April 2012). "Changes to Osteopathic Specialty Board Certification". Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 112 (4): 226–231. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to AOBFP.ORG". AOBFP. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Certificates/Longevity". AOBFP. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society". POMA. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Board Certification". American College of Family Physicians. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Specialties & Subspecialties". American Osteopathic Association. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Medical Boards: Osteopathic". Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Osteopathic Certification". American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Certification of Osteopathic Physicians". American Osteopathic Association. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 

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