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Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics

Board of Certification in Family Medicine ObstetricsThe family medicine obstetrics board certification exam offered by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) enables successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in family medicine obstetrics. Successfully completing the exam indicates mastery of family medicine obstetrics skills and knowledge, as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.

To be eligible to apply for initial board certification in family medicine obstetrics, an applicant must first satisfy the general requirements of the ABPS. These include being a graduate of a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine, and holding a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories, or Canada.

The Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics (BCFMO) has its own eligibility requirements for two distinct tracks, clinical practice and fellowship, which include:

  • Completing 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
  • Completing a 12-month, full-time BCFMO-approved fellowship in family medicine obstetrics or five years full-time practice experience in family medicine obstetrics.
  • Submitting a current curriculum vitae that includes medical school, degrees earned, and work experience, in chronological order
  • Verifying staff privileges with an original signed letter from the administrator of each hospital or facility at which privileges are in good standing
  • Submitting three letters of recommendation from Diplomates of any ABPS, ABMS, AOA, RCPSC, or CFPC board of certification.

After applicants are deemed eligible, they must pass both a written and oral exam in order to earn board certification in family medicine obstetrics. For information about dates and fees for the application and the exam, click here.

For the 2019 exam schedule, click here.

Once granted, all ABPS certificates are good for a period of eight years, expiring on December 31 of the eighth year.

The ABPS invites qualified applicants to apply for certification in family medicine obstetrics. BCFMO-certified physicians are dedicated individuals who are highly skilled at performing all of the delivery and post-delivery responsibilities associated with the OB/GYN specialty, including for high-risk pregnancies and pre-term deliveries in under-served rural areas.

Contact the ABPS today to learn more about certification in family medicine obstetrics through the BCFMO.