Board Certification and Recertification for Family Medicine Obstetrics

Family Medicine ObstetricsAs family medicine obstetrics continues to gain ground as a recognized and needed medical specialty, it becomes more and more crucial for physicians who choose this specialty to have the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency in the core competencies and experience required to provide patients the highest quality of care and treatment. The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) responded to that need by establishing the Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics (BCFMO).

The BCFMO recognizes that physicians who practice family medicine obstetrics provide full OB care as part of their family practices, and therefore require an examination, certification, and recertification system that addresses and recognizes the scope of the practices they manage. The BCFMO also understands that many family medicine physicians gain an advanced level of training and experience through recognized fellowship programs or their historical equivalent. Family medicine obstetrics board certification through the BCFMO has been developed specifically to meet this need.

BCFMO board certification is comparable and equivalent with other nationally recognized certification bodies. In fact, the development of the BCFMO was undertaken by dedicated family medicine physicians from the United States and Canada, some of whom are dual-boarded through the ABPS, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), or the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOABOS).

The mission of the BCFMO is to provide qualified physicians practicing family medicine obstetrics who have completed advanced training in maternity care (including operative obstetrics) the opportunity to demonstrate the highest degree of quality and a core body of knowledge that is conveyed by certification in family medicine alone. The BCFMO is completely dedicated to women’s health, and facilitates continual learning among family medicine physicians caring for pregnant patients.

For information about BCFMO certification and recertification requirements, contact the ABPS today.

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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine