What Is BCFM?
The Board of Certification in Family Medicine (BCFM) offers qualified and experienced allopathic and osteopathic physicians a chance to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in family medicine through board certification. The BCFM is a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), one of three nationally distinguished physician board certifying bodies.
To be eligible for certification with the BCFM, a physician must satisfy the prerequisites common to all ABPS Member Boards. These include an unrestricted and current medical license for every state in which the physician is licensed, adherence to the ABPS Code of Ethics, and a prescribed amount of experience in the physician’s chosen specialty.
The BCFM has its own eligibility requirements, which include successful completion of a family medicine residency approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Applicants who have completed a family medicine residency accepted by the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada are also eligible to apply. All applicants must also submit at least 10 documented reports for family medicine cases in which they assumed the lead role during the 12 months prior to applying with the BCFM.
To earn BCFM certification, candidates must pass a clinically-based, written exam that covers 33 family medicine subject areas. Diplomates of the BCFM develop and validate the exam questions under the direction of psychometric consultants and the ABPS. The areas most represented on the exam are cardiovascular diseases, dermatology, geriatrics, pediatrics, and signs and symptoms of diseases.
To learn more about the certification in family medicine through the BCFM, contact the ABPS. We would be happy to give you more information about the BCFM’s eligibility requirements as well as helpful details on how to prepare for the certification exam.