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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