Who is Eligible to Sit for the American Board of Administrative Medicine Examination?

ABAM EligibilityThe American Board of Administrative Medicine℠ was developed to recognize physicians with extensive experience and expertise in medicine as well as healthcare management and governance. Administrative medicine is one of the most sought-after specialties in today’s healthcare industry, and board certification through the ABAM is a trusted recognition of a physician’s aptitude in running a medical practice, hospital, or other medical organization.

The ABAM is a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties®, one of the largest and most well respected nationally recognized multi-specialty physician certifying organizations in North America. ABAM meets all the nation’s highest standards in board certification. To be eligible to pursue board certification through the ABAM, the candidate must meet the minimum eligibility requirements outlined by the ABPS, which include graduation from a recognized college of medicine, having a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories, or Canada, and the successful completion of residency training in an approved program. The full eligibility requirements can be found here.

Additionally, there are several administrative medicine-specific requirements that are necessary to pursue formal certification. Most importantly, the candidate must be able to provide clear evidence of their expertise in administrative medicine by having a master’s degree in business administration, medical management, or health management, or by being able to provide a minimum of five years of documented cumulative experience in an administrative position.

However, while the eligibility requirements for board certification are extensive, the rewards are more than worthwhile. Diplomates of the ABAM are recognized as experts in healthcare management and immediately become part of a community of physician leaders who run some of the largest, most highly regarded healthcare facilities in North America. As healthcare continues to centralize and modernize, there is more need than ever for physicians with strong business backgrounds, and board certification is your opportunity to advertise your business acumen to prospective employers. To learn more, contact us today.

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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine