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Internal Medicine Eligibility

Revised September 2008

To be eligible for certification in Internal Medicine through the Board of Certification in Internal Medicine (BCIM), the applicant must:

  1. Submit an Internal 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. Be in conformity with the Code of Ethics of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), be known in his/her community as an ethical member of the profession, and be an active specialist in Internal Medicine.
  3. Be a graduate of a recognized college of medicine confirmed by a copy of an allopathic/osteopathic degree or a letter of verification from the institution where the degree was earned. In the case of foreign medical schools, an English translation 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. Canadian medical schools and medical training programs are considered equivalent to U.S. medical schools and medical training programs.
  4. Hold a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States or its territories or in Canada and submit copies of all licenses. License(s) must include date of expiration.
  5. Submit current curriculum vitae which includes medical school experiences and degrees earned in chronological order.
  6. Have completed an Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited residency in Internal Medicine. The ABPS accepts medical residencies approved by the RCPSC, including approved residencies outside Canada.
  7. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation from Diplomates in Internal Medicine of the ABPS, the American Board of Medical Specialities (ABMS), or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). All letters of recommendation must be printed on letterhead, must be dated within the twelve months prior to the submission of the application, and must include an original signature, author contact information for the author, and should indicate the board certification(s) held by the author. Copies are not acceptable. These letters do not need to be mailed directly to ABPS, but can be included with the applicant’s materials and certification application.
  8. 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.
  9. Sign and submit the ABPS Disclosure and Authorization to Obtain Criminal Background Reports form.
  10. Sign and submit the ABPS Examinations Complaints and Appeals Process form.
  11. Payment of appropriate fees. To view the fee schedule, click here.

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