How the Practice of Hospital Medicine is Changing

Hospital MedicineThe specialized practice of Hospital Medicine has grown considerably during the past two decades, and recognition of the increasing prevalence of the specialty has led to the development of the American Board of Hospital Medicine® (ABHM). The ABHM is one of 18 Member Boards administered by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), which is one of the three most prominent multi-specialty board certifying bodies in North America. However, neither of the other two prominent bodies − the American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Osteopathic Association-Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists − offer qualified hospitalists the opportunity for board certification.

The reason the ABPS has embraced Hospital Medicine by developing the ABHM is that the rapid growth and increasing importance of this specialty have made it obvious that qualified hospitalists should be fully and nationally recognized for their leadership, as well as their skill and experience. The ABHM is a full-fledged, comprehensive board, not a subspecialty. It was developed as its own specialty because as the nature of healthcare changes in the coming years, it is clear that Hospital Medicine will continue to grow and change. Here are just a few changes that could occur in the near future:

  • The development of Hospital Medicine subspecialties, such as geriatrics and pediatrics
  • The formation of more hospitalist group practices throughout North America
  • Greater leadership roles for hospitalists as hospitals expand their leadership acumen and expand their core body of clinical knowledge

For more information about the future of Hospital Medicine, or to learn about the ABHM eligibility requirements and exam schedule, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine