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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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
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