Geriatric Medicine Board Certification – Eligibility Requirement Highlights

Geriatric Medicine Board CertificationThe Board of Certification in Geriatric Medicine (BCGM) enables successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in geriatric medicine. Completing the geriatric medicine board certification exams indicates mastery of geriatric medicine experience and knowledge, as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the Medical Code of Ethics put forth by the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS). There are several baseline eligibility requirements that all of the Member Boards of the ABPS share. These include possessing an unrestricted medical license for every state in which the physician is licensed, annual attestation to the currency of those unrestricted medical licenses, adherence to the ABPS Code of Ethics, and a certain amount of experience within the physician’s chosen field.

In addition to the eligibility requirements shared with other Member Boards, the BCGM has its own set of eligibility requirements. Applicants must have:

  • Current Board Certification in Family Practice or Internal Medicine.
  • Completed an approved ACGME or an AOA residency in Geriatric Medicine. The ABPS now accepts all residencies accepted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). ABPS therefore now accepts all residencies approved by ACGME, AOA, or RCPSC. It should be noted that the ABPS accepts all medical residencies approved by the RCPSC including approved residencies outside Canada.
  • Completed a fellowship program or be an instructor in Geriatric Medicine. The BCGM Credential Committee will consider physicians applying under this option on a case-by-case basis.

To learn more about the full eligibility requirements to attempt to become board certified through the BCGM, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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