Internal Medicine: Board Certification Exam Overview

Internal MedicineThe physician board certification examination for the Board of Certification in Internal Medicine (BCIM) is conducted as a computer-based written test consisting of 200 multiple-choice questions. As with the exams for every member board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS®), this clinically-based test provides physicians the opportunity to demonstrate that they have mastered the core competencies required to provide the finest medical care possible in the field of Internal Medicine.

The questions for the BCIM certification exam are drawn from 14 subject areas pertaining to Internal Medicine:

  • Allergies and immunities
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genetic disorders
  • Hematology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Pulmonary and critical care
  • Rheumatology
  • General internal medicine

The number of questions on each subject area is determined by the relative importance of each. For example, a candidate can expect to see more questions about cardiology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, pulmonary and critical care, and general internal medicine than subjects such as genetic disorders and allergies and immunities. Study aids for the BCIM exam are listed here.

To learn more about the BCIM exam, or for information about the eligibility requirements, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine