What Is BCFM?

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.

Save the Date
House of Delegates & Annual Scientific Meeting
Innovation & Overcoming Challenges
June 10-15, 2022
Patient Care Is Our Priority

Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine