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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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

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