Is Administrative Medicine Part of Your Career Plan?

Administrative Medicine Career PlanOne of the most sought-after skills that a physician can have in today’s healthcare industry is a background in business. In recent years, the need for physician leaders has never been greater, but there continues to be a shortage of physicians who have both medical and business management training. As a result, young physicians who aspire to leadership positions in hospital groups and other medical organizations are strongly encouraged to consider pursuing a second specialty – in administrative medicine.

At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we know how important administrative medicine is, and we developed the American Board of Administrative Medicine℠ (ABAM) to provide board certification to highly qualified candidates with certifiable expertise in the business side of medicine. Make no mistake, the process of becoming board certified in administrative medicine is rigorous, but if you successfully meet our eligibility requirements and pass our examination, you will become part of an elite group of Diplomates who are recognized as being leaders in both business and medicine.

To be eligible, candidates must meet the various eligibility requirements established by the ABPS, which can be found here, and also provide evidence of the successful completion of:

  • A master of science degree in business administration, health administration, or medical management; or
  • A minimum of five years of cumulative experience in administrative medicine, as well as additional training requirements that can also be found here

At the ABPS and the ABAM, we encourage young physicians to think practically about their career goals and aspirations. If becoming a physician leader is something that you are interested in, it is advisable to begin thinking about furthering your education in administrative medicine in order to be eligible for board certification and the advantages that certification entails.

To learn more about the application process for board certification through the ABAM, contact us today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. ®

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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 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
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