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.



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