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Sunday, 15 May 2011 05:45

For more than 70 years, Certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has stood for the highest standard in internal medicine and its 19 subspecialties and has meant that internists have demonstrated – to their peers and to the public – that they have the clinical judgment, skills and attitudes essential for the delivery of excellent patient care. ABIM is not a membership society, but a non-profit, independent evaluation organization. Our accountability is both to the profession of medicine and to the public.

Quick facts about ABIM Certification

  • ABIM certifies one out of every four practicing physicians in the United States
  • There are more than 200,000 ABIM Board Certified physicians
  • A patient’s most frequent encounter is with an internist
  • The subspecialties of Internal Medicine include:

Adolescent Medicine
Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology
Cardiovascular Disease
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Critical Care Medicine
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gastroenterology
Geriatric Medicine
Hematology
Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Infectious Disease
Interventional Cardiology
Medical Oncology
Nephrology
Pulmonary Disease
Rheumatology
Sleep Medicine
Sports Medicine
Transplant Hepatology

Research suggests board certification is associated with better care. For details on this study and others on the importance of Certification and Maintenance of Certification, see our Fact Sheets.

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)

ABIM is one of 24 medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Through ABMS, the boards work together to establish common standards for physicians to achieve and maintain board certification. The boards were founded by their respective specialties to protect the public by assessing and certifyingdoctors who meet specific educational, training and professional requirements. ABIM is an independent, non-profit organization. For more information about ABMS, visit www.abms.org.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 May 2011 16:39