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AAPS Credentialing for Hospital Medicine Fellowships

Teaching hospitals and medical schools that offer post-graduate fellowships in Hospital Medicine can receive approval from the American Board of Hospital Medicine (ABHM), the nation’s only board governed by practicing hospitalists. Completion of an approved fellowship is one of the criteria for physicians to be eligible to take the board certification exam with the ABHM, a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), the official multi-specialty certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. (AAPS).

The credentialing program assists teaching hospitals and medical schools to confirm that the training they provide meets the rigorous requirements for physicians to become eligible to apply for board certification with the ABHM. Benefits of credentialing include:

  • Fellows who complete the program become eligible to take the exam for ABHM board certification
  • Physicians who participate in the fellowship enjoy AAPS membership privileges
  • ABHM-approved fellowships help solve critical workforce shortages in hospitals, where board certified hospitalists remain in relatively short supply

In order for teaching hospitals and medical schools to receive fellowship approval by the ABHM, there are several institutional considerations that must be met. These include:

  • Appropriate program organization for the conduct of graduate medical education in a scholarly environment
  • Demonstrable proof that participating physicians work under the supervision of faculty. members who are experienced in all aspects of Hospital Medicine
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in both education and medical care
  • Appropriate leadership and resources to ensure that the educational requirements can be met
  • Assessments on a regular basis to demonstrate that the quality of the educational programs is maintained

Institutional leaders who are interested in receiving credentialing for their Hospital Medicine post-graduate fellowships can contact the AAPS to learn more. Details about the ABHM also can be found by clicking this link.