ABPS Hospital Medicine Board Certification Eligibility Requirements

Hospital Medicine Board CertificationAs with all specialties administered by the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), there are many base-line eligibility requirements that all prospective applications must meet in order to attempt to achieve hospital medicine board certification. Among other things, to be eligible to sit for any of the board certification examinations offered by the ABPS, an applicant must:

  • Possess a current, full, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the state where he or she practices
  • Receive attestation of medical licensure
  • Have at least three, and in some cases more, years of advanced specialty training, residency, or equivalent clinical experience

As mentioned earlier, there are many other general eligibility requirements, the details of which can be found here for those who seek hospital medicine board certification. The particular eligibility requirements specific to hospital medicine include:

  • Submission six case reports detailing cases during the past 12 months in which the physician had the lead management role
  • Submit verification of active hospital staff privileges by means of an original, signed letter from a Chief of Department, the Chief of Staff, or the Chair of the Credentialing Committee
  • Provide verification of having admitted and managed a minimum of 50 patients in the past 12 months, with verification that at least 50 percent of practice was composed of hospital medicine patient care

Professional and personal history might also be factored in during the application process. For example, a candidate can become qualified by meeting the base-line criteria and by maintaining current board certification in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, or Emergency Medicine through the ABPS, the ABMS, or the AOA.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements for hospital medicine board certification, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official board certification body for the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.



Save the Date
House of Delegates & Annual Scientific Meeting
Innovation & Overcoming Challenges
June 10-15, 2022
Patient Care Is Our Priority

Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

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
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