ABHM is the Exclusive Dedicated Board of Certification for Hospitalists

ABHMThe American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) developed the ABHM – the American Board of Hospital Medicine® – because we recognized a need for board certification for hospitalists in America. More than just a subspecialty, the rapidly expanding field of hospital medicine represents a growing need in America, and dedicated hospital medicine physicians deserve an opportunity to become board certified in their chosen field. By obtaining board certification through the ABHM, physicians are able to demonstrate their unique experience and knowledge base in hospital medicine in this essential medical field. What’s more, the ABHM is the only nationally recognized board of certification that is governed exclusively by hospitalists.

Traditionally, hospitalists have undergone a residency in general internal medicine, family practice, or a similar field and received their certification in the respective field of study, while slowly gaining experience working closely with patients in their hospital. These physicians often refer to themselves as hospitalists but don’t have the board certification to speak to their unique experience and insight. The ABHM seeks to rectify this shortcoming by offering hospitalists an opportunity to become certified in their specialty. This is particularly important when you consider that hospitals and hospital organizations – particularly in rural communities – continue to change their hiring policies and bylaws, which makes it more important than ever to have relevant certification if you practice hospital medicine.

In order to be eligible for board certification in Hospital Medicine, the ABHM requires:

  • A current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine
  • Submission of six case reports during the past 12 months in which the physician has taken a lead management role
  • Submission of verification of active hospital staff privileges
  • Verification that the physician has managed a minimum of 50 patients in the last 12 months, with 50 percent of the practice consisting of hospital medicine patient care
  • And other eligibility requirements outlined here

To learn more about the ABHM, ABPS, and our other board certifications, contact us today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
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Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
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Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
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
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Internal Medicine