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How ABPS Board Certification Can Help Curb the Physician Shortage

Physician ShortageWhile physician board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS®) will not increase the number of physician specialists in North America, it could still help curb the growing physician shortage. How? It has to do with hiring practices and the way physicians currently become eligible for job openings − as well as how they meet the criteria for career advancement. It also has to do with how money is allocated by the federal government for physician training in hospitals.

The United States is expected to fall short of its requirement for primary care physicians by 52,000 as soon as 2025. Currently, hospitals nationwide are having trouble filling vacancies, a problem that is exacerbated by hiring policy as much as anything else. The ABPS believes that physicians who have compiled a great deal of professional, practical experience in a particular specialty should be afforded the opportunity to achieve physician board certification in their chosen specialty if they meet the qualifications. For example, hospital recruiters could hire primary care physicians who have achieved a certain level of experience in emergency medicine or hospital medicine if the policy reflected the actual needs of the emergency or hospitalist department − rather than a rigid adherence to the old ways of determining qualifications.

The stringent eligibility requirements of the Member Boards of the ABPS ensure that any physician specialist who has achieved physician board certification through us has more than demonstrated her or his knowledge of the core competencies required to provide the finest medical care available. The Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM), the American Board of Hospital Medicine (ABHM) and other Member Boards provide a platform for experienced, qualified physicians to prove that they are at the top of their chosen fields.

To learn more about how physician board certification through the ABPS can help curb the ongoing physician shortage in North America, contact us today. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board-certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.