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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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