What is BCFMO?
The Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics (BCFMO) is a nationally recognized certifying board that offers certification to physicians who wish to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in family medicine obstetrics. The BCFMO is a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), one of the nation’s most prominent multispecialty certifying bodies.
BCFMO Eligibility Requirements
The BCFMO offers certification to both allopathic and osteopathic physicians. To be eligible to apply for initial certification, candidates must 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 BCFMO has its own eligibility requirements for two distinct tracks—clinical practice and fellowship.
Requirements for the clinical practice track include successfully completing an accredited ACGME, AOA, or CFPC residency or an AOA internship, plus an AOA general medicine residency and at least two years full-time experience in family medicine and 300 hours of CME acceptable to the BCFMO.
Requirements for the fellowship track include satisfactorily completing within the last five years a 12-month, full-time fellowship recognized by the BCFMO and having performed at least 100 vaginal deliveries and 50 cesarean sections.
After applicants are deemed eligible, they must pass both a written and oral exam to earn board certification with the BCFMO. These rigorous exams ensure that only dedicated physicians who are skilled at performing all of the delivery and post-delivery responsibilities associated with the OB/GYN specialty become BCFMO certified.
Once granted, BCFMO certification is good for eight years, expiring on December 31 of the eighth year.
While certification is currently only offered to family physicians with surgical obstetrics training and/or experience, the BCFMO is in the process of developing a non-surgical family medicine obstetrics certification option. This new pathway under BCFMO will be available to family physicians with non-surgical obstetrics training and/or experience. If you are a family physician practicing obstetrics looking for board certification options and would like more information and details regarding the new eligibility requirements, contact the ABPS today.