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.

Eligibility Requirements for Internal Medicine Certification With the BCIM

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.

For information about dates and fees for the application and the written exam, click here.

Once granted, all ABPS certificates are good for a period of eight years, expiring on December 31st of the eighth year.

What Makes the BCIM a Competitive Certification Choice for Internists

When physicians earn certification with the BCIM, they become members of a highly motivated community of like-minded professionals who share best practices and apprise each other of career opportunities. Internists who are BCIM Diplomates can expect the ABPS to work tirelessly on their behalf with practice management groups, legislators, and certifying organizations to give them a strong voice in their community. For a measure of the BCIM’s extensive recognition, consider that BCIM Diplomates can be found across the country and practice their specialty at some of the nation’s most trusted medical institutions.

As a nationally recognized board certification entity, we welcome applications from internists who have been previously certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties or the American Osteopathic Association. Recertification with the BCIM requires documentation of the required number of Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours, completion of the recertification application, and successful completion of the written recertification examination.

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.®

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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