Tampa, FL (PRWEB) March 07, 2014
A recent study published in the winter, 2014 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Medicine® (AJCM) concluded that the care delivered by family medicine physicians is comparable to patient care provided by OB/GYN specialists. This conclusion is reinforced and demonstrated when a physician becomes board certified through the Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics (BCFMO), which is administered by the American Board of Physician Specialties®.
According to the data compiled during the eight-year period between Jan. 1, 2003 and Dec. 31, 2011, a qualified, experienced practitioner of family medicine obstetrics is perfectly capable of performing all of the delivery and post-delivery responsibilities associated with the OB/GYN specialty, including high-risk pregnancies and pre-term deliveries.
“This is particularly significant in under-served rural areas, where family medicine physicians often are called upon to provide care across a wide spectrum of specialties,” said Daniel M Avery, MD, professor and chair of OB/GYN at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and a member of the Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics (BCFMO).
The study covers all levels of obstetric care, including pre-natal care and high-risk pregnancies. Furthermore, the study shows that the overall cesarean rate of family medicine obstetricians is lower than the rates for OB/GYN specialists, while the rates of complications are virtually the same for both groups. “The bottom line − family medicine practitioners who provide obstetric care can work independently of OB/GYN backup,” Avery said.
A qualified family medicine physician can demonstrate his or her ability to provide the best obstetrics care available through board certification from the BCFMO, a member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties. Eligibility requirements include, but are not limited to:
For more information about becoming board certified in Family Medicine Obstetrics through the BCFMO, contact the ABPS today at (813) 433-2277.
ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.® (AAPS) and AJCM is the official, peer-reviewed journal of AAPS.