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The American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP)

The American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP)

American Osteopathic Association

Operating under the authority of the American Osteopathic Association

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 function of this Board is to recognize AOA eligible practicing family physicians for examination to become certified by the American Osteopathic Board in family practice and osteopathic manipulative treatment. The examination measures the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a family physician in order to make competent judgments in the care of patients.

Computer-Based Testing Tutorial and Practice Exam

Although the tutorial demonstrates many types of questions, the AOBFP examinations use only one-best-answer, multiple-choice questions. These may be presented as single items, case scenarios, ECG tracings, or dermatological slide reproductions.

Certification Application

Before scheduling an examination appointment, you must have already:

  1. Submitted all application materials directly to the AOBFP;
  2. Received written confirmation from the AOBFP of exam eligibility and scheduling;


First-time test takers will receive, via email from AOBFP, exam scheduling instructions and candidate ID number. Upon receipt of this information, candidates may sign in or create an account to schedule their regional test site. This email notification from AOBFP will be sent to the email address provided on your exam application. If the email address you originally provided to AOBFP is no longer accurate, you must resolve the discrepancies before you schedule your exam. Appointments may be made up to one week prior to the exam date.

After you schedule your test, Pearson VUE will send a confirmation email listing your test date, your testing time, the address and phone number of the test center, and directions to the test center.

Your examination results will NOT be available at the test center. Results will be mailed to you by AOBFP.

Please note that effective December 1 2018, candidates must include AOBFP with their candidate ID (for example AOBFP123456).

Last updated 2018-12-18