Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics Has Expanded

Woman consulting with doctor in medical clinic officeThe Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics (BCFMO) recognizes that physicians who practice the specialty provide full obstetric care as part of their family practices, and therefore require board certification that recognizes the diverse scope of healthcare they deliver. The BCFMO also understands that many family medicine physicians gain an advanced level of training and experience through recognized fellowship programs. Certification standards at the BCFMO have been developed with these considerations in mind.

Now, to better serve family physicians practicing obstetrics in the United States, the BCFMO has expanded to offer a surgical path for certification (Family Medicine Obstetrics with Surgical Qualification) as well as a new non-surgical path (Family Medicine Obstetrics).

Subject matter experts in surgical and non-surgical obstetrics have helped develop these eligibility and certification pathways, incorporating the established standards of “Comprehensive Maternity Care” (Family Medicine Obstetrics) and “Advanced Maternity Care” (Family Medicine Obstetrics with Surgical Qualifications).

The new non-surgical certification requires a log of vaginal deliveries and successful completion of the written certification exam. The surgical path requires an additional log of cesarean deliveries and successful completion of both a written and oral exam. You can find out more about the eligibility requirements for each pathway here.

Why Choose the BCFMO for Certification?

If you’re a physician considering certification in family medicine obstetrics, you should know that the BCFMO is comparable and equivalent with other well-known certification bodies like the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). In fact, the BCFMO is a Member Board of a nationally recognized certifying body, the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), which offers both allopathic and osteopathic physicians board certification in a variety of medical fields. The ABPS certified its first physician in 1960, and today ABPS Diplomates can be found across all 50 states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico.

For more details about the BCFMO certification pathways, or information about the application process, contact the ABPS today.


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