SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) So i've always understood that IMG's with overseas specialty training pretty much had to retrain to be board certified in the US. For instance, looking into cardiology, i find that one must be board eligible in internal medicine to partake in a cardiology fellowship and that no overseas training can count towards the fellowship requirements. Further, to be board eligible in internal meds, one has to complete a US accredited internal medicine residency for which a max of one year of overseas training can be credited towards requirements. Thus, 5 of 6 years training towards cardiology must be completed in the US. However, I have come to find that there is more than one board for certification in internal medicine: the american board of medical specialties (ABMS) under auspices of the american medical association, along with the american board of physican specialties (ABPS) under the auspices of the american association of physican specialists. the ABPS website for internal med certification states it accepts all residency training programs, including those overseas accepted by the royal college of physicians and surgeons of canada (RCPS). i've heard some people on these forums bounce around that canada accepts australian specialty training. if this is true and includes the RCPS, this seems like a way into US board certification without repeating training. now, i'm pretty sure that the subspecialty boards of the ABMS will require internal med certification by the ABMS (ABIM), so this is may not be a way into subspecialty certification. can someone knowledgeable comment on board certification by ABMS vs. ABPS? does it matter which? will patients know the difference, so long as you can claim truthfully you are board certified? will the insurance companies stipulate you are certified by the ABMS to get paid? will hospitals care? will private practices care? all comments welcome?