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An Introduction to the American Board of Administrative Medicine℠

Board certification from the American Board of Administrative Medicine (ABAM), a member board of the American Board of Physician Specialties®, formally recognizes physicians who have proven expertise in nonclinical medicine. As the healthcare industry continues to grow and expand, there is an increasing need for physicians with experience in business leadership and management, and the ABAM was developed to help identify physician leaders throughout the industry. Successful completion of the ABAM board certification process indicates a mastery of the core competencies required to manage the business side of medicine and validates the Diplomate’s training and experience in administrative medicine.

Board certification in administrative medicine recognizes physician leaders who have both medical and business backgrounds. Our Diplomates include physicians who manage their individual practices as well as physician CEOs who have assumed leadership positions in hospital groups, healthcare organizations, and throughout their specific specialties. Ultimately, the ABAM seeks to give a voice to qualified physicians who understand what it takes to manage the business side of medicine as this is a unique skill set that will only continue to grow in importance as the healthcare industry evolves with time.

Administrative Medicine, as defined by the American Board of Administrative Medicine (ABAM), is the practice of physicians who, as executive leaders, manage the integration of clinical medicine, strategy, operations, and other business activities essential to achieve high quality health care.

The board certification process through the ABAM standardizes the skills and abilities that are needed for physicians to be strong leaders and effective managers of large healthcare organizations. In addition to meeting a number of ABPS general requirements, ABAM candidates must also have either:

  • A master’s degree in business administration, medical management, or health administration;

or

  • At least 5 years of cumulative experience in an administrative position, which includes additional training in management-related functions consistent with the core competencies outlined in the ABAM examination blueprint. This includes the completion of an ABAM qualification assessment form by each previous employer and documentation of specific coursework and training.

For additional information about the ABAM and the eligibly requirements for board certification, refer to the information available on this page. Details regarding application deadlines and testing schedules will be announced later this year at abamus.org. For priority notification when the ABAM application period opens, please email us at certification@abpsus.org.