Physician Leadership is Growing in Importance

One of the biggest changes to American healthcare in the 21st century has been the rapid growth in the need for physician leaders with business-oriented skillsets. Historically, physicians have been able to focus the lion’s share of their time on patient care, worrying less about day-to-day management and more about ensuring that their patients were as healthy as possible. However, as the healthcare sector has increasingly centralized and competition grown fierce, it is critical that physicians in leadership positions have the formal training needed to manage their private practices, hospitals, and even large healthcare organizations.

At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we recognize the growing importance of physicians having not only extensive medical training but also significant expertise in the business side of medicine. As a result, we developed the American Board of Administrative Medicine® (ABAM) – the nation’s first board dedicated solely to providing board certification in administrative medicine. For generations, board certification has been the single most trusted indicator of a physician’s expertise, and we are pleased to provide this same standard of recognition to physicians with extensive business experience.

What It Takes to Earn Board Certification With the ABAM

To be eligible, physician candidates must meet all of the ABPS eligibility requirements, which include:

  • Being in conformity with the Code of Ethics of the ABPS, being known in the community as an ethical member of the profession, and being an active practitioner in the specialty for which you’re seeking certification
  • Having graduated from a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine. International graduates must also hold a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certificate.
  • Holding a valid and unrestricted license(s) to practice medicine in the United States, U.S. territories, or Canada.

Candidates for ABAM certification must also have one of the following:

  • A master’s degree in business administration, health administration, medical administration, or another advanced degree in healthcare management/administration


  • At least five years of cumulative experience in an administrative position that includes additional training in management-related functions consistent with core competencies outlined in the exam blueprint
  • Healthcare management certification that includes the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) or American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) certifications
  • At least two years of cumulative experience in an administrative position and currently enrolled in a master’s program in Business Administration, Medical Management, Health Administration, or another advanced degree in healthcare management/administration

After applicants are deemed eligible, they must pass a computer-based written exam in order to earn board certification in administrative medicine. You can find information about dates and fees for the application and the exam here.

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

ABAM Certification Recognizes Your Business Experience

As the delivery model of healthcare has grown increasingly complex in the 21st century, healthcare organizations have begun to recognize the need for physician leaders who are not only excellent doctors but also have the skillset necessary to manage daily operations, oversee future growth, and navigate changes in healthcare policy.

At the ABAM, we provide an opportunity for physician leaders to have their business experience recognized. Our Diplomates are part of a community of fellow physician leaders who share career opportunities, collaborate on best practices, and work together to help steer forward the healthcare sector as a whole. To learn more, contact us today.

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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

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