Approved Fellowships for BCFMO Eligibility

Board of Certification in Family Medicine ObstetricsCandidates seeking board certification through the Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics (BCFMO®) must meet several eligibility requirements developed by the BCFMO® in collaboration with the American Board of Physician Specialties®. Completing a BCFMO-approved fellowship is one way in which candidates are able to demonstrate that they possess both the education and practical training necessary to becoming board certified.

Family medicine obstetrics is one of 18 APBS specialties. The ABPS recognizes the advanced level of training that family medicine practitioners can gain through participation in a structured fellowship. A complete list of fellowship programs in family medicine obstetrics that are currently approved by the BCFMO® and the APBS can be found here.

Why Become Board Certified in Family Medicine Obstetrics?

Board certification for family medicine obstetricians has become important for many reasons. Perhaps most importantly, being board certified has increasingly become a precondition of obtaining hospital privileges. It can also greatly facilitate success with insurance credentialers and malpractice carriers. Other ways in which board certification demonstrates its value relate to the authentication of training, the comparability of training with OB/GYNs, and the formal recognition of this important subspecialty. Overall, board certification has become an essential component of virtually every medical discipline, as the public has become savvier with respect to comparing physician qualifications and choosing physicians who possess the best credentials. The BCFMO® was developed to recognize medical doctors who have fully mastered the core competencies of family medicine obstetrics.

How Do I Apply for Board Certification With the BCFMO?

To apply for initial board certification in family medicine obstetrics, candidates must first meet the general requirements set by the ABPS. This involves graduating from a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine and holding a valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories, or Canada.

The Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics® (BCFMO®) outlines specific eligibility criteria for the two available pathways:

  • Completion of an ACGME- or AOA-accredited residency in family medicine, or a family medicine residency accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).
  • Current board certification in family medicine granted by a Member Board of the ABPS, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the AOA, the RCPSC, or the CFPC.

For family medicine obstetrics (non-surgical) certification, candidates need to submit a log of non-surgical deliveries and successfully pass the written certification exam.

Family medicine obstetrics with surgical qualification certification requires completion of a 12-month, full-time BCFMO-approved fellowship in family medicine obstetrics or five years of ongoing clinical practice delivering obstetrical care. Additionally, candidates must provide a log of cesarean deliveries and pass both the written and oral certification exams.

If you are thinking about becoming board certified in family medicine obstetrics, then be sure to consider the path to certification that entails the completion of one of the above approved fellowships. To learn more about the BCFMO®, the various eligibility requirements, and the myriad benefits of obtaining board certification in this field, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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