Internal Medicine Residents: Have You Considered a Future in Hospital Medicine?

Internal Medicine Hospital Medicine ABPSIf you are a board certified internal medicine resident and you are considering a future in hospital medicine, you might be interested to learn about the American Board of Hospital Medicine®, the first member board in North America to offer board certification in hospital medicine. This member board was developed by the American Board of Physician Specialties® in response to the rapidly growing field of hospital medicine, and is governed exclusively by hospitalists for hospitalists. Rather than designate it as a subspecialty, we felt that hospital medicine deserved its own comprehensive board to give dedicated hospitalists the opportunity to have their voices heard.

There is a clear correlation between internal medicine and hospital medicine, making a dual certification an appealing and achievable goal for highly motivated physicians. MDs and DOs who become certified by the ABHM can clearly demonstrate their firsthand experience in hospital medicine and have a clear record of success when it comes to improving quality of care in their hospitals. This makes them more appealing to both prospective patients and future employers. Furthermore, internal medicine residents who go the extra mile to become board certified in hospital medicine can make themselves more appealing as candidates for career advancement and leadership positions in hospitals and hospital management groups.

To be eligible for board certification through the ABHM, you must meet a number of requirements. For instance, our application requires:

  • Verification that the applicant has managed a minimum of 50 patients in the last 12 months with additional verification that at least 50 percent of his or her practice was focused on hospital medicine patient care
  • Submission of six case reports detailing cases in the last 12 months where the candidate had the lead management role
  • Submission of verification of active hospital staff privileges
  • Other eligibility requirements outlined here

To learn more about how the ABHM can benefit internal medicine residents, contact us today. We’ll gladly answer any questions that you have and explain the many advantages of board certification in hospital medicine with the ABPS. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine