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BCFMO Diplomate Jonathan Sticca, MD, Explains Why He Became Board Certified in Family Medicine Obstetrics

The practice of obstetrics has been linked with the specialty of family medicine since the origin of the specialty. For decades in the modern healthcare era, we provided a large percentage of the prenatal care, deliveries, and postpartum care for mothers and their newborns. While obstetrical training is still a mandatory requirement for board certification in family medicine, programs in ...

Successful Fellows from Recognized Family Medicine Obstetrics Programs Are Eligible to Apply for BCFMO Certification

An experienced family medicine obstetrician can perform all of the delivery and post-delivery responsibilities associated with the OB/GYN specialty. This was a significant finding in a 2014 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Medicine. Healthcare organizations staffed with residency-trained family medicine obstetricians would certainly agree. But, in rural areas and underserved communities, the need for more of these ...

Why Board Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics?

In 2014, the American Journal of Clinical Medicine published a study that reaffirmed what we at the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) have asserted all along – that the care delivered by family medicine physicians is comparable to obstetrics care provided by OB/GYN specialists. In short, the study showed that an experienced family medicine obstetrician can competently perform all ...

Why My Board Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics is Important to Me

Fellowship programs in family medicine obstetrics were created to address the shortage of physicians who have completed residency training in the specialty, a shortage that impacts rural areas in particular. Fellowships are renowned for providing rigorous, hands-on training, yet fellowship-trained physicians continue to face barriers to their professional development based on a lack of recognition for their expertise. This situation ...

How BCFMO Certification Benefits Physicians

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) offers qualified physicians in family medicine obstetrics an opportunity to demonstrate that they have the skills and knowledge to practice their specialty at the highest level. The ABPS is a nationally recognized, multi-specialty board-certifying body with stringent eligibility requirements, and to achieve certification through our Member Board, the Board of Certification in Family ...

Approved Fellowships for BCFMO Eligibility

Candidates 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 Plays a Major Role in Rural Medicine

Historically, earning board certification was entirely optional for highly motivated and qualified physicians. It was one final step that physicians could take to validate their expertise and experience in their chosen field. However, today the need for physicians to be board certified has never been greater. Increasingly, many healthcare organizations and insurance groups are mandating board certification for physicians, which ...

Family Medicine Obstetrics: Board Certification Exam Overview

The physician board certification examination conducted by the Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics (BCFMO) consists of a computer-based written test and an oral examination covering five case studies. The BCFMO is a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS®). The written portion is offered at testing centers throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico ...

Study Shows Family Medicine Obstetrics Practitioners Deliver Care Comparable to OB/GYNs

A recent study published in the Winter 2014 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Medicine concluded that the care delivered by family medicine physicians is comparable to obstetrics care provided by OB/GYN specialists. This conclusion is reinforced and demonstrated when a physician becomes board certified through the Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics® (BCFMO), which is administered by the ...

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