Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics®
The family medicine obstetrics board certification exam offered by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) enables successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in family medicine obstetrics. Successfully completing the exam indicates mastery of family medicine obstetrics skills and knowledge, as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.
To better serve family physicians practicing obstetrics in the United States, the Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics® (BCFMO) offers two options for certification – Family Medicine Obstetrics and Family Medicine Obstetrics With Surgical Qualification.
To be eligible to apply for initial board certification in family medicine obstetrics, an applicant must first satisfy the general requirements of the ABPS. These include being a graduate of a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine, and holding a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories, or Canada.
The Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics® (BCFMO®) has its own eligibility requirements for the two pathways, which include:
- Completing an ACGME- or AOA-accredited residency in family medicine, or a family medicine residency accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).
- Current board certification in family medicine granted by a Member Board of the ABPS, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the AOA, the RCPSC, or the CFPC.
The Family Medicine Obstetrics (non-surgical) certification requires a log of non-surgical deliveries and successful completion of the written certification exam.
The Family Medicine Obstetrics with Surgical Qualification certification requires completion of a 12-month, full-time BCFMO-approved fellowship in family medicine obstetrics, or five years ongoing clinical practice delivering obstetrical care, an additional log of cesarean deliveries, and successful completion of the written and oral exam.
Once granted, all ABPS certificates are good for a period of eight years, expiring on December 31 of the eighth year.
The ABPS invites qualified applicants to apply for certification in family medicine obstetrics. BCFMO-certified physicians are dedicated individuals who are highly skilled at performing all of the delivery and post-delivery responsibilities associated with the OB/GYN specialty, including for high-risk pregnancies and pre-term deliveries in under-served rural areas.
Contact the ABPS today to learn more about certification in family medicine obstetrics through the BCFMO.