About the American Board of                    INTERNAL MEDICINEABIM AND BOARD                                            ...
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Established in 1936, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has worked to ensure the quality of our nation’s health care by certifying
physicians who practice internal medicine and one
or more of its 19 subspecialties – which constitute
one in four practicing physicians. ABIM is not a membership society, educational institution or licensing body, but a non-profit, independent physician evaluation organization committed to continuously improving the profession for the public good.

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About ABIM - American Board of Internal Medicine

  1. 1. About the American Board of INTERNAL MEDICINEABIM AND BOARD THE CERTIFICATION PROCESSCERTIFICATION ABIM Board Certification is a continuous process of lifelong learning. InternistsEstablished in 1936, the American Board of and subspecialists are initially certified at the end of training by passing a secure examInternal Medicine (ABIM) has worked to ensure that is administered by ABIM. Physicians certified in internal medicine or one of itsthe quality of our nation’s health care by certifying subspecialties must periodically pass a secure exam and complete an intensive self-physicians who practice internal medicine and one assessment and practice review to remain ABIM Board Certified.1or more of its 19 subspecialties – which constitute ABIM is the largest of the 24 certifying boards under the American Board of Medicalone in four practicing physicians. ABIM is not Specialties (ABMS) umbrella. ABMS sets the standards for physician certification ina membership society, educational institution or the United States and assists its member boards in developing and implementinglicensing body, but a non-profit, independent standards to evaluate and certify physician specialists.physician evaluation organization committed tocontinuously improving the profession for the ABIM FAST STATSpublic good. • BIM has issued more than 390,000 initial certificates in internal medicine and AThrough ongoing board certification programs, its subspecialties in the United States and its territories since its founding.2physicians are able to test and enhance their • From 2001–2011 ABIM certified 76,587 physicians in general internal medicine.3clinical judgment and skills. Consumers are alsoable to check if their physician has the knowledge • rom 2001–2011 ABIM certified more than 8,400 cardiologists and more than Fneeded to deliver high quality care. 5,300 medical oncologists.4ABIM Board Certification is recognized as a • ore than 80,000 physicians are currently enrolled in ABIM’s Maintenance of Mmarker of a physician’s professionalism, knowledge Certification program.5and skill.The exams and other assessment tools used byABIM to assess a physician’s competency are CERTIFICATION AND LICENSURE: THE DIFFERENCESdeveloped by physician-experts in academicmedicine and in practice. These tools incorporate CERTIFICATION LICENSUREthe best evidence in medicine with a practical Members of the American Board Members of the Federationfocus on how medical care is delivered in of Medical Specialties of State Medical Boardsphysicians’ offices.ABIM’s Board Certification and Maintenance Independent, national State governed non-profit organizationsof Certification programs provide internists non-profit organizations with varying requirementsand its subspecialists, including cardiologists, Evaluate and certify the knowledge, skillsrheumatologists, nephrologists and others, with 510 Walnut Street Issue and regulate medical licenses Suite 1700 Philadelphia, PA 19106 - 3699 and attitudes of physician specialistsa relevant, useful and continually improving 1.800.441.ABIM www.abim.orgmeans of demonstrating their professional Voluntary – Not required tocompetence and development. Required to practice medicine practice medicineREFERENCES1 I nternists certified prior to 1990 have 3 ABIM, 2011 Certificate Statistics certification that is valid indefinitely. 4 ABIM, 2011 Certificate Statistics2 ABIM, April 2012 ® 5 ABIM, February 2012 510 Walnut Street Suite 1700 Philadelphia, PA 19106 - 3699Copyright ©2012 American Board of Internal Medicine. All rights reservedABIM is one of 24 medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). 1.800.441.ABIM www.abim.org E104-09-2012

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