What is a Hospitalist?

Hospital MedicineA hospitalist is a physician who must master the specific skill set and knowledge required to treat and care for patients in the hospital. Many physicians choose to work primarily in hospitals and self-identify as hospitalists, yet they are board certified in a specialty, such as Internal Medicine or Family Practice Medicine, that does not accurately reflect their experience and level of competence in providing treatment, diagnosing illnesses, coordinating with other medical personnel, and other duties of a hospitalist.

The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) and the American Board of Hospital Medicine (ABHM) want to help hospitalists take full advantage of the knowledge and skillset they have developed over the years by offering the only platform available to become board certified in Hospital Medicine. Board certification from the ABHM is the best way to demonstrate your mastery of the core competencies of a hospitalist. Although physician board certification is an impressive achievement regardless of the specialty, this is not merely a matter of strengthening your CV. There could be actual career advancement ramifications for physicians who have been doing the job of a hospitalist, but remain without board certification in Hospital Medicine. As more and more rural and small-town hospitals are bought up by larger organizations, hiring policies are sure to continue to evolve. It has become more important than ever for physicians to do everything possible to differentiate their credentials, and nothing provides a greater demonstration of a hospitalist’s ability to provide the best care possible than board certification through the ABHM.

For information about eligibility requirements for the ABHM certification exam, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official board-certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

 

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