About the BCFM’s Family Medicine Exam for Board Certification
The Board of Certification in Family Medicine (BCFM) is a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), one of three nationally distinguished physician board certifying bodies. The examination offered by the BCFM is a clinically based, written test designed to allow a family medicine specialist to demonstrate his or her proficiency in the core competencies required to provide the finest care possible.
An outline of 33 Family Medicine subject areas covered on the certification examination is available here to help candidates prepare. Candidates should review this outline carefully and focus their study efforts accordingly. The percentage of questions drawn from a particular subject area conveys the relative importance of each area of the examination. The Family Medicine subject areas most represented are:
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Signs and symptoms of diseases
Each of these five Family Medicine subject areas are represented by nine or more questions on the exam. Candidates should be aware that the outline reflects the responses to practice-analysis questionnaires and enables codification of the examination for subsequent analysis of the results. Each question is linked to a specific area of the outline. No question is meant to be obscure or tricky. The information in the outline is meant to serve as a study aid only, and not as a guarantee of success in taking the certification examination.
A list of study guides, with primary and secondary references, also is available in PDF form by clicking here.
Once granted, all ABPS certificates are good for a period of eight years, expiring on December 31st of the eighth year.
Recertification in family medicine requires documentation of the required number of Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours, completion of the recertification application, and successful completion of the written recertification examination.
What to Expect After Earning Certification With the BCFM
Certification with the BCFM brings many benefits. First, Diplomates are members of a distinguished community of like-minded professionals committed to offering the highest standard of patient care. That they are widely viewed as leaders in their fields is not surprising. Certification with the BCFM also:
- Makes physicians more marketable to potential employers
- Enables physicians to gain opportunities for career advancement, which can lead to increased earning potential
- Fosters recognition and respect from medical colleagues
- Gives doctors a meaningful voice as valued members of the healthcare community
To learn more about the Family Medicine certification exam offered by the BCFM and the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), contact us today. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.