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Why Physicians Should Consider Seeking Multiple Board Certifications

VA PhysiciansThere are as many reasons to earn physician board certification as there are physicians. Every Diplomate of a board certifying body has his or her own reasons for choosing a particular specialty. Those reasons might be personal or professional, or they may simply be a result of a combination of circumstances that compelled a physician to move into a certain field of medicine. Regardless, once a physician has selected and become proficient in a certain specialty, it might make sense for him or her to expand their foundation of professional accomplishment by seeking board certification in an additional specialty.

Why would a physician wish to become dual-boarded? It might be that new Member Boards were developed by organizations like the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) after the physician earned his or her original certification, and those new boards are an appealing addition to credentials. Examples of relatively new boards at the ABPS include:

  • Integrative Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Urgent Care Medicine
  • Disaster Medicine

In some cases, a physician might want to demonstrate a mastery of the core skills and knowledge necessary to provide the best possible care for a subset of patients. For example, an orthopedic surgeon might wish to earn board certification in surgery and orthopedics, a primary care practitioner might wish to become board certified in family medicine as well as urgent care, disaster medicine or emergency medicine. In this sense, dual boarding is a way for a physician to distinguish her or his credentials in the competition for jobs. Also, as the healthcare industry changes, an additional board certification is one way for a physician to demonstrate his or her role as a leader in fields that are related to his or her specialty.

Multiple board certification is more than simply a line on a résumé, however. It is a tangible demonstration of the deep commitment a physician has made to provide the best possible care in his or her chosen field. To learn more, or for information about board certification with one of the Member Boards of the ABPS, contact us today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.