Are You No Longer Board Eligible in Internal Medicine?

Are You No Longer Board Eligible in Internal Medicine Physicians seeking board certification in internal medicine start the process knowing that it may be altogether demanding. Not only must they satisfy several eligibility requirements, such as submitting proof of medical school education, letters of recommendation, and completing an accredited residency, but they must also study and sit for comprehensive certification exams – all while practicing their specialty day in, day out. But, for the dedicated internists who achieve certification, the process is more than worth it. As one of the highest honors a physician can receive, board certification makes practitioners highly marketable to employers and instills patients with confidence that their doctor has the skills and knowledge to give them the best care available.

Unfortunately, many talented internists are at risk of losing their opportunity to become certified. That’s because, in July 2012, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) initiated a seven-year time limit for qualified internists to be considered “board eligible,” starting after they met the initial requirements, or on July 1, 2012, whichever was later. If ABIM board-eligible physicians fail to earn certification by the end of their eligibility period, they must complete a year of retraining in an ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship program in order to re-establish eligibility. Thankfully, there is another option.

Qualified internists can apply now through the Board of Certification in Internal Medicine (BCIM), a member board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS). The ABPS is nationally recognized as a prestigious choice for multi-specialty certification, with ABPS Diplomates practicing in all 50 states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico.

Our eligibility requirements are certainly strict, and our testing standards are valid, reliable, and psychometrically sound. Not only that, we are the only major certifying body that requires a non-remedial medical ethics course every eight years. But once you’ve earned BCIM certification, you will be part of a diverse group of like-minded professionals respected throughout the health care industry, and who act as public advocates within their chosen specialty, share knowledge and best practices, and enjoy ample professional networking opportunities.

To learn more about candidate requirements for BCIM board certification, or about the benefits of certification through an ABPS Member Board, contact us today. The ABPS is the official board certification body of the American Association of Physician Specialties, Inc.

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Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine