DBFM Certification applied to those Family Physicians, who are rigorously assessed and found competent to protect the public, community, and populations; enhance health and well-being of patients/clients and communities; and deliver quality health care by means of Diagnosing, treatment, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. Being a board-certified family physician demonstrates to their patients and colleagues that Diplomats Board of Family Medicine are committed to providing high-quality health care.
1. Candidacy Criteria and Experience Requirements
2. Application Process
4. PCCS Certification Test for DBFM
Experience requirement for Rout 1: One year House Job, three years residency or equivalent training e.g., FCPS, MD
Experience requirement for Rout 2: One year House Job, Five years experience in Family Medicine
Rout 1: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Eligibility through three years residency or equivalent training e.g., FCPS, MD
Rout 2: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Two-year Qualification like MCPS, MRCGP [INT], Diploma in Family Medicine, Masters in Family Medicine
Active National Medical Practice License Mandatory for either Rout
PCCS Certification Test
Diplomat Board of Family Medicine Certification Exam shall comprises of two parts; A computer-based Tests CBT online exams and an objective structured clinical examination OSCE,
Online Computer based testing: CBT of 200 MCQs, 100 each set with 30 minutes break through automated examination system, with in an allotted time of 240 minutes. All questions are mandatory, single best answer, multiple-choice format. Passing criteria set as 70% to qualify for Board certification overall.
OSCE will be scheduled and conducted after passing CBT.
OSCE : The Clinical Skills Assessment shall consists of 12 station OSCE. The duration of each station will be ten minutes and each station will entail complete consultation by the candidate
Venue, Schedule, Login and Password for CBT will be emailed to each candidate seven days prior to the test date. Candidates coming to the testing center will be required to bring original National ID card and exam slip with them as a permission to appear in exam.
Validity tenure of initial certification of Diplomat Board is ten-year, renewable for next ten years which require practice as prescribed in an approved Certification Scheme. A diplomat Family Physician will be required to complete minimum 150 Credit of CME / CPD as one hour CME is equal to one hour of face to face interaction, shall remain in Good Standing of national registration authority and follow PCCS Code of Conduct to maintain the status of Diplomate Board of Family Medicine status that is set as bench mark of clinical Competency in respective domain. general Requirements for recertification are prescribed and approved by BoD of PCCS in Consultation with concerned Board of Family Physicians.