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Published: May 17, 2024

American Board of Medical Specialties Approves a new subspecialty in Health Care Administration, Leadership, and Management (HALM)

Positioning family physicians as health system leaders is strategically important for our specialty. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has approved a new subspecialty in Health Care Administration, Leadership, and Management (HALM). The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is a co-sponsoring board and will be offering a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) starting in 2024. The registration for the November qualifying examination is scheduled to launch on May 17 and will close on July 22, 2024.

Certification will be available to physicians with significant management and leadership responsibilities managing talent, operations, finances, and data in a wide variety of practice settings. The CAQ may be of interest to family physician leaders in community practice, hospitals, large medical groups, integrated health systems, academia, and health policy organizations.

By focusing on complex areas of systems and talent management with large bodies of literature, the CAQ will provide focused, enhanced learning opportunities to family physicians who want to improve their practice system while tailoring their continuing certification experience to important parts of their careers. The CAQ may also enable qualifying family physicians to grow in their leadership roles and provide portability of a leadership credential to different systems and settings. Strategically, ABFM hopes this CAQ will help enhance the positioning of family physicians as leaders in their health care organizations.

The first HALM qualifying examination, administered by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, will be offered online from November 11-26, 2024. A detailed examination blueprint can be found here.

Once registration opens, Diplomates will have access to a detailed candidate information document and application materials. Diplomates can access this information during the registration period as follows:

  1. Log in to your MyABFM Portfolio.
  2. Scroll to the "Knowledge Center" section and click "Additional Qualifications."
  3. Scroll to your examination and click the blue application button to get started.

For more information, visit our FAQ page.

For questions about the registration process, examination dates, or any other logistical or technical issues, email halm@theabfm.org. For questions about potential eligibility or other requirements, email David Price, MD, Senior Advisor to the ABFM President, at dprice@theabfm.org.

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