Successful Fellows from Recognized Family Medicine Obstetrics Programs Are Eligible to Apply for BCFMO Certification

Successful Fellows from Recognized Family Medicine Obstetrics Programs are Eligible to Apply for BCFMO CertificationAn experienced family medicine obstetrician can perform all of the delivery and post-delivery responsibilities associated with the OB/GYN specialty. This was a significant finding in a 2014 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Medicine. Healthcare organizations staffed with residency-trained family medicine obstetricians would certainly agree. But, in rural areas and underserved communities, the need for more of these medical professionals persists.

To fill the gap, organizations turn to physicians who have successfully completed a fellowship program in family medicine obstetrics. Despite their advanced level of training, however, these fellows can encounter resistance when it comes to credentialing and privileging. Not only that, but many healthcare organizations are either prioritizing or mandating hiring physicians who are board certified in their specialty.

Benefits of Certification Through the BCFMO

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) has long maintained that effective health care matters, and, as the aforementioned study shows, fellows of graduate training programs can deliver care comparable to OB/GYN specialists. For this reason, the ABPS proudly provides physicians who have completed training in family medicine obstetrics a verifiable way to demonstrate their expertise. By becoming certified through our Member Board, the Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics (BCFMO), graduates of recognized fellowships in family medicine obstetrics can solidify their reputation as exceptional healthcare providers and enjoy benefits such as:

  • More opportunities for career advancement, which can lead to higher earnings
  • Recognition and respect from medical colleagues
  • A voice as a valued member of the healthcare community
  • Ongoing education that keeps physicians updated on advancements in family medicine obstetrics

BCFMO Certification Eligibility Requirements

To apply for initial board certification in family medicine obstetrics, candidates must first meet the general requirements set by the ABPS. This involves graduating from a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine and holding a valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories, or Canada.

The BCFMO offers two types of certification: surgical qualification certification and non-surgical certification. Both require completion of an accredited residency and board certification in family medicine.

Candidates for non-surgical certification must also provide a case log demonstrating they have performed at least 60 vaginal deliveries, including 15 in the last two years.

For surgical qualification certification, there are two paths: clinical practice and fellowship.

For the fellowship track, candidates must have completed a recognized 12-month fellowship or extended residency program within the past five years. The clinical track is for physicians who have practiced surgical obstetrics for five years. Candidates for either track must provide a case log demonstrating they have performed at least 60 vaginal deliveries and 70 cesareans, with 15 vaginal and 10 cesareans performed in the last two years.

Once eligible, non-surgical applicants must pass a written examination, and applicants for surgical qualification must pass both a written and an oral examination. These rigorous exams are developed by experts in the field to ensure that only committed physicians skilled in all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology become BCFMO-certified. You can find a detailed description of the BCFMO exam here.

Once granted, BCFMO certification is valid for eight years, expiring on December 31st of the eighth year.

For a list of family medicine obstetrics fellowships that meet the rigorous standards of board certification developed by the BCFMO, click here.

The ABPS invites qualified fellows to apply for certification in family medicine obstetrics. As a nationally recognized choice for certification, we are committed to improving healthcare by giving qualified allopathic and osteopathic physicians a path toward board certification in numerous specialties.

To learn more about the BCFMO and its eligibility requirements, contact the ABPS today.

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