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Physician Leaders Will Shape the Future of Medicine

Physician LeadersIn a very real sense, all physicians are leaders. When we consider the years of training that physicians are required to complete, along with their confidence in making critical decisions in life or death situations, and their commitment to the teamwork in the clinical setting, we can appreciate how their roles demand daily demonstrations of leadership skills. Through their knowledge and experience, doctors improve the health of their patients and serve as role models in delivering quality patient care.

While more physicians are moving into titled leadership positions, not all of them are naturally suited to leadership roles. Beyond their guiding principle to do no harm and put patients first, being a successful physician leader requires a core set of skills. Some of these skill are unique to today’s fast-changing medical system. To this end, the Physicians Foundation has funded dozens of leadership programs to support doctors seeking to become leaders in their profession. According to a Forbes report, the programs focus on areas such as healthcare finance, conflict resolution and negotiation, coaching and mentoring, building high performing teams, quality and performance measurement, and operations management, among others.

As the healthcare system evolves, it’s important that doctors who have developed management and leadership competencies remain committed to improving the efficiency of the industry, and this requires strong leadership from physicians. At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we understand the role that doctors will play in shaping the future of the medical community. Through our Member Board the American Board of Administrative Medicine (ABAM), we identify physician leaders throughout the industry. Our rigorous certification process recognizes physicians who have both medical and business backgrounds and have demonstrated a mastery of the core competencies required to manage the business side of medicine.

ABAM candidates must meet a general number of ABPS requirements, such as an M.D. or D.O. degree from a recognized college of medicine and conformity with the ABPS Code of Ethics. ABAM candidates must also have a master’s degree in business administration, medical management or health administration, or at least five years of cumulative experience in an administrative position, including additional training in management related functions consistent with core competencies outlined in the ABAM exam blueprint. The ABAM provides an ideal way for doctors currently working in leadership positions to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise in healthcare finance, performance measurement, operations management, and all areas critical to healthcare leadership.

For more information about the ABAM and the eligibility requirements for board certification, or to learn more about how board certification can help you better serve patients, contact the ABPS today.