Hospitalist Board Certification Under the Direction of the ABPS

Hospitalist BoardThe American Board of Physician Specialists (ABPS) believes that the demand for hospitalist board certification will continue to accelerate in the coming years. Since the mid 1990s, the number of practicing hospitalists has grown to more than 16,000 from less than 1,000. That rapid growth in interest in the specialty means that the need for hospitalist certification has also increased.

The American Board of Physician Specialties developed the nation’s only comprehensive and dedicated board of certification for hospital medicine governed by hospitalists, the American Board of Hospital Medicine (ABHM). This is not merely a subspecialty of internal medicine. Hospitalist board certification through the ABHM carries all the standing and prestige of a distinct and vital medical specialty.

A thorough explanation of the ABHM’s eligibility requirements can be found here, but in general, to be eligible for hospitalist board certification through the ABPS, applicants must:

  • Hold current board certification in family practice, internal medicine, or emergency medicine through ABMS, ABPS, or AOA Member Boards.
  • Be eligible to be certified by the College of Family Practice of Canada (CFPC), or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPSC).
  • Have completed an approved ACGME, AOA, College of Family Practice of Canada (CFPC), or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPSC) residency in family practice, internal medicine or emergency medicine.
  • Have completed an ABHM approved fellowship program, or be an instructor in Hospital Medicine.
  • Other Board Certifications may be considered on an individual basis.

The rigorous testing standards employed by the ABHM were developed under the direction of practicing hospitalists from the United States, as well as Canada. The exam is designed to provide physicians the opportunity to demonstrate a mastery of the knowledge and skills necessary to practice hospital medicine. For more information about the examination process, or to apply for hospitalist board certification, contact us today. The ABPS is the official 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.

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