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Board of Certification in Internal Medicine (BCIM)

Board of Certification in Internal MedicineThe internal medicine board certification exam offered by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) allows successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in internal medicine. Successfully completing the exam indicates mastery of internal medicine experience and knowledge, as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.

To be eligible to apply for initial board certification in internal medicine, an applicant must first satisfy the general requirements of the ABPS. These include being a graduate of a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine, and holding a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories, or Canada.

The Board of Certification in Internal Medicine (BCIM) has its own eligibility requirements that include:

  • Completing an ACGME- or AOA-accredited residency in internal medicine, or an internal medicine residency accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
  • Submitting a current curriculum vitae that includes medical school, degrees earned, and work experience, in chronological order
  • Submitting two letters of recommendation from Diplomates in internal medicine of an ABPS, ABMS, AOA, or RCPSC board of certification.
  • Successfully completing a computer-based written exam that consists of 200 multiple choice questions administered over a four-hour session.

For information about dates and fees for the application and the written exam, click here.

Once granted, all ABPS certificates are good for a period of eight years, expiring on December 31st of the eighth year.

Recertification in internal medicine requires documentation of the required number of Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours, completion of the recertification application, and successful completion of the written recertification examination.

The ABPS invites qualified applicants to apply for certification in internal medicine. BCIM-certified physicians are considered some of the most knowledgeable physicians in their specialty, and are widely regarded as professionals dedicated to providing the highest level of patient care.

To learn more about certification in internal medicine through the BCIM, contact the ABPS today.