Internists Have a Recognized Choice in Internal Medicine With ABPS
The Board of Certification in Internal Medicine® (BCIM) is an excellent choice for internists who want to be recognized for their knowledge, competency, and dedication to their profession. Governed by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS)—one of three nationally recognized bodies for physician board certification—the BCIM offers a comprehensive certification exam for qualified doctors.
As with all other ABPS certification exams, the BCIM’s clinically based test gives physicians the opportunity to prove that they indeed have the skills and knowledge required to deliver exceptional care in internal medicine. Unlike many other non-ABPS exams, the BCIM exam is prepared not by academics, but by physicians who practice their medical specialty daily. It tests candidates on relevant medical experience, posing scenarios based on common clinical encounters. It’s an exam that emphasizes the candidate’s capacity to provide great patient care rather than simply memorizing facts. It’s not surprising that the BCIM is managed by physicians, who understand that a certification program derived from the study and practice of thousands of physicians before them amounts to a true test of a doctor’s expertise.
How Is the BCIM Different From Other Internal Medicine Certifying Boards?
The BCIM also stands apart from other certification boards in that it has no time-limited period for physicians to complete the certification process after residency. After all, physicians are busy professionals who have already invested considerable time and money in their medical training. To be denied a certification opportunity because they’re busy practicing the specialty for which they have been trained is not only unfair, but also short-sighted. Given the necessary time to dedicate to the stringent certification process, many BCIM Diplomates go on to establish successful careers in internal medicine and now practice at some of the nation’s most trusted medical institutions.
Another important reason that the BCIM represents an ideal choice is its lack of maintenance of certification (MOC) rules, which can make it difficult to maintain certification credentials. With the BCIM, physicians are freed from burdensome MOC requirements. Unlike the accumulated “points” requirements associated with MOC, recertification through the BCIM is required every eight years, which eliminates what many doctors consider a duplication of existing continuing medical education (CME) programs. The BCIM offers a number of CME opportunities, ensuring that internal medicine physicians stay abreast of the latest medical advances to better serve their patients.
How to Apply for BCIM Certification
To qualify for initial board certification in internal medicine, candidates must first meet the general prerequisites established by the ABPS. These prerequisites comprise graduating from a recognized allopathic or osteopathic medical college in the United States, Canada, or internationally, and possessing a valid and unrestricted medical license for practice in the United States, its territories, or Canada.
Additionally, the Board of Certification in Internal Medicine (BCIM) has its distinct eligibility criteria, which entail:
- 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.
To earn certification in family medicine with the BCIM, candidates must pass a computer-based written exam that consists of 200 multiple-choice questions administered over a four-hour session.
You can find information about dates and fees for the application and the written exam here.
If you would like more information about BCIM certification, including eligibility requirements, don’t hesitate to reach out to the ABPS. Current Diplomates of the ABMS and the AOA are eligible to recertify with the BCIM.