Board Certification and Recertification for Family Medicine Obstetrics
As 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).
Eligibility Requirements of the BCFMO
The BCFMO has two distinct tracks for board certification—clinical practice and fellowship.
Eligibility requirements for the clinical practice track include completing an accredited ACGME, AOA, or CFPC residency or an AOA internship, plus an AOA general medicine residency and at least two years full-time experience in family medicine and 300 hours of CME acceptable to the BCFMO.
Requirements for the fellowship track include satisfactorily completing within the last five years a 12-month, full-time fellowship recognized by the BCFMO and having performed at least 100 vaginal deliveries and 70 cesarean sections.
After applicants are deemed eligible, they must pass both a written and oral examination to earn board certification with the BCFMO. These rigorous exams ensure that only dedicated physicians who are skilled at performing all of the delivery and post-delivery responsibilities associated with the OB/GYN specialty become BCFMO certified.
Once granted, BCFMO certification is good for eight years, expiring on December 31 of the eighth year.
The BCFMO Mission: A Dedication to Exceptional Maternity Care
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.