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The BCIM Offers Internal Medicine Physicians a Recognized Choice for Board Certification

The BCIM Offers Internal Medicine Physicians a Recognized Choice for Board CertificationThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) now include the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) as one of three recognized bodies for physician board certification. One of the specialties for which the ABPS offers certification is internal medicine. The Board of Certification in Internal Medicine® (BCIM), a Member Board of the ABPS, provides a comprehensive and ideal certification program for qualified doctors seeking board certification in internal medicine.

To be eligible to apply for certification with the BCIM, an internal medicine physician must have an unrestricted medical license for every state in which he or she is licensed. Other eligibility requirements include:

  • A curriculum vitae that includes medical school experiences and degrees earned
  • Graduation from a medical school accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the Liaison Committee for Medical Education, or the Committee for the Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools
  • Completion of an internal medicine residency accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the AOA. The ABPS also accepts residencies recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
  • Two letters of recommendation from Diplomates of the Board of Certification in Internal Medicine, the American Board of Internal Medicine, or the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine

As with all other exams for ABPS Member Boards, the BCIM’s clinically-based test gives physicians the opportunity to prove that they have mastered the core competencies required to deliver exceptional medical care in internal medicine. Consisting of 200 multiple-choice questions, this computer-based exam has been vetted with industry-recognized psychometric criteria. Questions for the BCIM exam focus on all relevant areas of internal medicine, including dermatology, cardiology, genetic disorders, nephrology, endocrinology, allergies and immunities, and neurology, among several others.

If you are an internal medicine physician researching board certification options and would like more information about the BCIM’s eligibility requirements, contact the ABPS today. Current Diplomates of the ABMS and the AOA are eligible to recertify with the ABPS.

The ABPS is the official multi-specialty certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®