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Administrative Medicine Eligibility Requirements

Updated June 2017

To be eligible for certification in Administrative Medicine through the American Board of Administrative Medicine℠ (ABAM), the applicant must:

ABPS General Requirements:

  1. Be in conformity with the Code of Ethics of the American Board of Physician Specialties, be known in his/her community as an ethical member of the profession.
  2. Be a graduate of a recognized college of medicine holding an M.D. or D.O. degree or equivalent. In the case of foreign medical schools, an English transcription of the document is also required. Graduates of foreign medical schools must also include a copy of their Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certificate.
  3. Hold a valid and unrestricted license(s) to practice medicine in the United States, its territories, or Canada.
  4. All applicants must have completed residency training in a program approved by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). Applicants without a completed residency may also be eligible if they hold current Board Certification granted by an ABMS, AOA, or ABPS board that was granted on or before December 31, 2001.
  5. All applicants must currently hold or previously have held board certification granted by an American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Board.  Well-qualified candidates meeting Residency and ALL other requirements except current or previous board certification will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Candidates asking the board to waive the requirement for board certification must submit a completed application for board review and include a brief letter to the board detailing the education, experience, or other factors that the candidate feels should serve in lieu of board certification.
  6. Submit a current curriculum vitae, which includes medical school experiences and degrees earned, in chronological order.

Administrative Medicine-Specific Requirements:

  1. Evidence of medical administrative experience as defined by one of the following (either A., B., C., or D.):
    1. Master’s degree in Business Administration, Medical Management, Health Administration or other advanced degree in healthcare management/administration
    2. Healthcare management certification including but not limited to the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) or American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) certifications
    3. At least 5 years of cumulative experience in an administrative position to include additional training in management related functions consistent with core competencies outlined in the exam Blueprint. Requires:
      1. Completion of ABAM Qualification Assessment Form by each employer (e.g. HR), practice administrator, or partner(s) AND
      2. Documentation (or self-attestation) of coursework or training, such as:
        1. ACPE
        2. ACHE
        3. Academic or university programs
        4. Professional organizations
        5. CME related to medical administration
    4. At least 2 years of cumulative experience in an administrative position and currently enrolled in a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Medical Management, Health Administration or other advanced degree in healthcare management/administration. Requires:
      1. Letter of current enrollment status from institution
      2. Completion of ABAM Qualification Assessment Form by each employer (e.g. HR), practice administrator, or partner(s).
  2. Completed Letters of Reference or Qualification Assessment forms from three (3)  individuals who can verify and describe directly observed skills, abilities, and interest in the areas of medical administrative experience.

Additional Application Requirements:

  1. Submit an Administrative Medicine application form complete with required application processing fee, two (2) passport-size photographs taken within the last 90 days, and a notarized signature.
  2. All U.S. physicians must do a self-query of the National Practitioner Data Bank and submit a sealed (unopened envelope) copy of the report as part of the application process. For information on performing a self-query of the Bank, go to the website www.npdb-hipdb.hrsa.gov for information. All Canadian physicians must request and submit a testament statement from each province in which a license is held, verifying that there have been no disciplinary actions against the applicant.
  3. Sign and submit the ABPS Disclosure and Authorization to obtain Criminal Background Reports form.
  4. Sign and submit the ABPS Examinations Complaints and Appeals Process form.
  5. Payment of appropriate fees.

The ABAM recommends that the applicant keep a copy of all application documents submitted to the ABPS.