BCFMO Now Offers a Non-Surgical Pathway to Board Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics

BCFMOTo better serve family physicians practicing obstetrics in the United States, the Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics® (BCFMO) now offers a non-surgical option for certification. The BCFMO is a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), which is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

Subject matter experts in non-surgical and surgical obstetrics have participated in the development of parallel pathways for eligibility and certification, incorporating the previously designed standards of “Comprehensive Maternity Care” (Family Medicine Obstetrics) and “Advanced Maternity Care” (Family Medicine Obstetrics with Surgical Qualifications).

The new non-surgical path to family medicine obstetrics certification requires a log of non-surgical deliveries and successful completion of the written certification exam. The surgical path to certification, which is now referred to as Family Medicine Obstetrics with Surgical Qualifications, requires an additional log of cesarean deliveries and successful completion of the written and oral exam.

The application deadline for the May 2022 written exam is October 31, 2021. Full details regarding eligibility, exam content, exam schedule and fees, and the application process can be found here.

Why Seek Certification With an ABPS Member Board?

ABPS Member Boards, such as the BCFMO, are committed to offering qualified physicians board certification based on education, practice, and experience, enabling successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in family medicine obstetrics. The ABPS has developed an excellent reputation within the medical community for our commitment to our network of Diplomates, which extends across all 50 states and into both Canada and Puerto Rico.

Of the three primary multi-specialty physician certifying organizations, the ABPS is the smallest, which allows us to be more responsive. We are committed to empowering our Diplomates by providing them with a platform to exchange best practices, success stories, and learning moments, ultimately enhancing patient care collectively.

Furthermore, advocacy is at the core of ABPS, as we actively collaborate with legislators, healthcare organizations, hospital groups, and other stakeholders to ensure our community is represented and voices are heard.

Most importantly, ABPS certification sends a powerful message to patients. When deciding where to seek medical treatment, whether at a hospital, clinic, or private practice, patients often consider a physician’s credentials. While various specialists may be available in a community, certification serves as a clear indicator of a physician’s competence and expertise. While not the sole determinant in choosing a specialist, certification can significantly influence a patient’s decision-making.

What Are the Benefits of BCFMO Certification?

By becoming certified through the BCFMO, family medicine obstetrics physician can solidify their reputation as exceptional healthcare providers and enjoy benefits such as:

  • More opportunities for career advancement, which can lead to higher earnings
  • Recognition and respect from medical colleagues
  • A voice as a valued member of the healthcare community
  • Ongoing education that keeps physicians updated on advancements in family medicine obstetrics

The ABPS invites qualified physicians to apply for certification in family medicine obstetrics. As a nationally recognized choice for certification, we are committed to improving healthcare by giving physicians a path toward board certification. To learn more about the BCFMO and its eligibility requirements, contact the ABPS today.


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