American Board of Administrative Medicine
Board certification from the American Board of Administrative Medicine (ABAM), a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), formally recognizes physicians who have proven expertise in nonclinical medicine. Successfully completing the ABAM process indicates mastery of the core competencies required to manage the business side of medicine and validates the Diplomate’s training and experience in administrative medicine.
To be eligible to apply for initial board certification in administrative medicine, an applicant must first satisfy the general requirements of the ABPS. These include being a graduate of a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine, and holding a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories, or Canada.
The ABAM has its own eligibility requirements that include:
- Evidence of medical administrative experience as defined by one of the following:
- Master’s degree in business administration, medical management, health administration, or another advanced degree in healthcare management/administration
- Healthcare management certification that includes the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) or American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) certifications
- 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
- 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
- Letters of reference or qualification assessment forms from three individuals who can verify and describe directly observed skills, abilities, and interest in the areas of medical administrative experience
- Submitting a current curriculum vitae that includes medical school, degrees earned, and work experience, in chronological order
Administrative Medicine, as defined by the American Board of Administrative Medicine (ABAM), is the practice of physicians who, as executive leaders, manage the integration of clinical medicine, strategy, operations, and other business activities essential to achieve high-quality health care.
After applicants are deemed eligible, they must pass a computer-based written exam in order to earn board certification in administrative medicine. For information about dates and fees for the application and the exam, click here.
Once granted, all ABPS certificates are good for a period of eight years, expiring on December 31 of the eighth year.
The ABPS invites physicians with experience in business leadership and management to apply for certification in administrative medicine. The evolving healthcare industry has created new opportunities for physician leaders, and ABAM certification is an excellent way for them to distinguish themselves and be recognized for their insight into the business of medicine.
For more information about certification in administrative medicine through the ABAM, contact the ABPS today.