About the ABHM Exam for Board Certification

Hospital MedicineThe exam for the American Board of Hospital Medicine (ABHM) consists of approximately 200 multiple-choice questions. This written exam is computer-based and is administered by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS®). It is offered twice a year, typically during four-week windows in May and November, at testing centers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. The exam lasts four hours and must be completed in a single sitting.

The 200 questions on the ABHM exam cover 16 general topics. The three most prominent are critical care/pulmonary (40 questions), cardiology/vascular disorders (40 questions), and gastrointestinal disorders (30 questions). Other topics tested include:

  • Nephrology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Rheumatology/immunology
  • Psychiatry
  • Perioperative care
  • Neurology
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Gynecology
  • Genitourinary disorders
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Dermatology
  • Toxicology
  • Case management/ethics

Some additional, non-scorable items might appear on the exam, and these experimental items will be clearly identified as non-scorable. The ABPS also provides a formal comment form for candidates to leave comments on any question for review if there are concerns.

The ABHM is a Member Board of the ABPS, which administers physician board certification and re-certification across a wide range of specialties. It is the only board of its kind that is constituted and governed by hospitalists, not sub-specialists. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

To learn more about the ABHM exam, or for information about eligibility requirements, contact the ABPS today.

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