The ABPS’s internal medicine board certification exams enable successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in internal medicine. Completing the internal medicine board certification exams indicates mastery of internal medicine experience and knowledge, as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.
The internal medicine board certification examination process consists of a written exam. The format of the exam is multiple-choice, single-response questions. The questions are developed and validated by Diplomates of the Board of Certification in Internal Medicine (BCIM) under the direction of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) and psychometric consultants.
Certification in internal medicine requires candidates to demonstrate knowledge in a variety of areas. These include Allergy and Immunology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Neurology, Pulmonology, and Rheumatology.
The affiliated Board of Certification in Internal Medicine manages Internal Medicine, as well as the specialties of Geriatric Medicine and Psychiatry. Information about the examinations, certification eligibility requirements, examination blueprints, and recertification requirements are separately listed and described respectively.