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Our Family Medicine editor, Elise Torres, MD, is a board-certified family physician who practices full spectrum family medicine and telemedicine. After graduating from Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, she completed her family residency training at the Stanford O'Connor Family Medicine Residency and obstetrics fellowship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA.
According to the Family Medicine Certification Exam Test Plan Specifications, the exam covers the following:
The exam is divided into four sections. Each section is 100 minutes long and contains 80 multiple choice questions (MCQ).
The second section of the exam is the modular exam portion which consists of 40 MCQ's over the topic selected and then and additional 40 questions that cover the breadth of Family Medicine. The first, third and fourth sections of the examination will consist of questions which cover the breadth of Family Medicine.
Total allotted time for the entire exam is 9 hours.
The 2016 Family Medicine Certification Examination Pass Rate was 94.4%. Click BoardVitals 2014 Pass Rates
Unlike board exams for the other specialties, you are able to review previous items and change answers. However, in our experience, when physicians go back to modify questions, they often change their answer from the right one to the incorrect one. Unless you're sure of an answer change, focus on the questions ahead, and not the ones that you have already answered.
At about 1 minute per question, make sure to pace yourself! This is feedback that we get from Family Medicine students all the time. We suggest using a portion of our question bank as an actual exam with one minute per question to get a feel for the pace. Remember that there is no brand new information… focus on established medicine.
In addition to the BoardVitals Family Medicine question bank and the Family Medicine Certification Exam Test Plan Specifications, make sure you review the Exam Preparation videos and documents provided by the ABFM.
Good luck on the exam!