Hospital Medicine Certification Trends

Hospital Medicine CertificationHospital 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.

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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.

Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine