Preparing for the Certification Examination in Family Medicine
The Certification Examination in Family Medicine is comprised of two components: a written examination and clinical skills examination.
The written examination is comprised of short answer management problems (SAMPs), which are designed to test a candidate's recall of factual knowledge and problem solving abilities in the area of definition of health problems, management of health problems, and critical appraisal. This portion of the examination will be delivered using computer-based technology. It will be approximately six hours in length and will take place on Thursday or Friday.
The clinical skills examination is comprised of eight ten-minute objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and four simulated office orals (SOOs) each 15 minutes in length. OSCEs take place on Saturday and SOOs on Sunday.
The traditional examination (2013 only) will consist of SAMPs and SOOs only. Information about OSCE will not be relevant to these candidates.