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Family Medicine Obstetrics: Board Certification Exam Overview

Family Medicine ObstetricsThe 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 twice a year (May and November), while the oral exam is offered once annually (October) in Tampa, Florida.

The computer-based written exam is composed of 200 multiple-choice questions. The topics covered include:

  • Pre-conception
  • Prenatal care
  • Pregnancy complications (infectious disease, cardiopulmonary, endocrine, etc.)
  • Labor
  • Delivery
  • Postpartum
  • Neonatal care
  • Legal and ethical issues

Study references are available. A list can be found at this link.

The oral exam covers five case studies, which reflect typical cases seen by Family Medicine Obstetrics specialists. Candidates are asked by ABPS-certified physicians to address case details in the following categories:

  • Patient history
  • Physical examination
  • Labs and tests
  • Management
  • Diagnosis
  • Disposition
  • Pathophysiology

Candidates must first pass the written exam and submit verification of competency to become eligible to take the oral portion. Candidates may attempt the written and oral portions three times to attain a passing score. If no passing score is achieved after three attempts, a candidate must reapply.

To learn more about the BCFMO examination, or for information about eligibility requirements, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®