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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Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

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Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine
Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine