Hospital Medicine Certification Trends
Hospital medicine specialists – or hospitalists – are a hot commodity in the healthcare industry. The rise of physicians who have dedicated their careers to caring for hospitalized patients has been a great boon to the medical community across North America. At the American Board of Physician Specialties, we recognize the valuable role that hospitalists serve in our ICUs, research facilities, emergency rooms, and other healthcare organizations, and we are pleased to have founded the American Board of Hospital Medicine (ABHM), the only dedicated board of certification for hospital medicine that is governed entirely by hospitalists.
There are several reasons that hospital medicine has become so popular over the last several years, and it’s no coincidence that much of this growth has coincided with the ballooning costs of healthcare in the United States, in particular. Having physicians who are dedicated to improving the quality of care that patients receive in hospitals not only benefits the patients but can also lead to cost savings by:
- Reducing the average patient length of stay
- Helping to avoid readmissions as a result of insufficient treatment
- Limiting avoidable errors and oversights that extend hospitalizations and lead to costly treatments
- Improving relationships throughout the hospital, which facilitates departmental teamwork and faster consultations
- Enhancing continuity of care
Furthermore, patients who are treated by hospitalists tend to spend less time in the hospital than might normally be expected. That’s because hospitalists are able to provide patient care around the clock, which means quicker diagnoses, faster test interpretations, and more efficient treatment schedules.
What makes the ABPS unique is that rather than considering hospital medicine as a subspecialty, we felt it was necessary to create a board certifying body that is exclusively governed by professional hospitalists to oversee the growth of this fast-expanding field. Qualified physicians with substantial experience in hospital medicine are encouraged to pursue board certification in their field of expertise to demonstrate their mastery of their profession.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming board certified in hospital medicine, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.