Family Physicians Have a Choice in Family Medicine Board Certification
At the Board of Certification in Family Medicine® (BCFM), we encourage all physicians to do their due diligence and explore all of the opportunities for board certification currently available to them. While board certification has become a trusted barometer of physician aptitude, each of the three primary multi-specialty certifying organizations in North America have their own unique advantages, which should be fully considered. With the BCFM, for example, we have a strong track record of working on behalf of our Diplomates to ensure that their voices are heard and that our physicians get every opportunity for professional success.
Eligibility Requirements for Certification With the BCFM
To be eligible for board certification through the BCFM, candidates must:
- Hold a valid license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories, or Canada
- Have completed an accredited residency in Family Medicine or have successfully completed an AOA-approved internship or an AOA-approved General Practice residency, and have two years of full-time experience with 300 hours of continuing medical education training
- Submit a documented report of at least ten Family Medicine cases for which the physician had the lead role in the last 12 months
- Meet other eligibility requirements outlined here
Why Family Medicine Physicians Seek Certification in the Specialty
Family medicine physicians pursue board certification in the specialty despite the rigorous requirements because the benefits are compelling. With healthcare organizations increasingly prioritizing the hiring of board-certified physicians and patients considering board certifications in their search for a new physician, board certification becomes a crucial asset. ABPS Diplomates gain access to numerous leadership opportunities and receive valuable tools for continuous advancement in their field. This evolving board certification not only serves the physician but also enhances patient care and benefits the employing organization. Similarly, achieving BCFM certification, though highly competitive, offers family physicians a verifiable record of their knowledge and expertise in providing exceptional emergency care in diverse settings.
Beyond showcasing medical proficiency, BCFM certification underscores ethical practice, with all Diplomates adhering to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics. Ultimately, BCFM certification positions family physicians as highly qualified emergency medicine professionals, elevates their leadership status in the healthcare community, and opens doors to expanded opportunities for career advancement.
Get More Information About the BCFM
To learn more about the BCFM as well as the benefits to becoming board certified with ABPS, contact us today. The Board of Certification in Family Medicine® was developed by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) to provide an opportunity for physicians who specialize in family medicine to become certified in their area of expertise. The ABPS is the third-largest multi-specialty physician certifying organization in the United States, and our Diplomates currently practice medicine in all 50 states as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. As a result, when you choose to pursue board certification with one of our Member Boards, you can be confident that you will be part of a robust community of like-minded physicians who have demonstrated their aptitude and leadership in all areas of medicine.
The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®