Frank Nocilla, MD, On What It’s Like to Certify in Internal Medicine With the ABPS

Frank Nocilla, MDI’m a private practitioner in internal medicine in Tupper Lake, New York, as well as a critical care flight physician. I chose to specialize in internal medicine because internists have many options for further specialization in other areas of internal medicine, such as cardiology, pulmonary/critical care, oncology, hematology, and endocrinology— subspecialties that require physicians to have completed an internal medicine residency.

As with choosing their medical fields, it’s important that physicians have choices for specialty board certification. Just think, prior to the availability of internal medicine board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialists® (ABPS), the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) was the only certifying body in the specialty and, as such, had a “free hand” in their ability to limit the number of internists. ABIM exams posed irrelevant questions of minimal real-world clinical significance and lasted two days, testing the stamina and patience of candidates, if nothing else.

On the other hand, internal medicine certification with the ABPS Member Board, the Board of Certification in Internal Medicine (BCIM), tests the candidate’s real-world skills and knowledge. That’s why earning BCIM certification proves—without regard to preserving the economics of already established internists—that a successful candidate is grounded in clinically oriented concepts of internal medicine.

The BCIM is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a leading choice for internal medicine certification, and virtually all of the major third-party insurance carriers, including Medicare and Medicaid, recognize the BCIM. This recognition, besides contradicting the few state boards that do not recognize the BCIM, is important because these third-party payers play a huge role in the economics of hospitals, medical clinics, and medical practices.

Undoubtedly, BCIM certification has helped my career, allowing me to meet the eligibility requirement for several positions that need board certification in internal medicine. It also helped me to advance in subspecialties such as a hospitalist and critical care specialist, providing a rock-solid base for practicing disaster medicine and working as a critical care flight physician.

I strongly encourage any physician seeking board certification in internal medicine to apply with the BCIM. The benefits are wide-ranging. Study clinically relevant material and then take the test. Don’t delay! Career advancement awaits!

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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