ABPS Celebrates Doctors’ Day 2019

Doctors Day 2019The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) urges all Americans to celebrate National Doctors’ Day this March 30th.  It’s a day to honor the care physicians provide their patients and also serves as a reminder of the critical role physicians play in fostering the public’s health and well-being.

First observed in 1933, National Doctors’ Day marks the anniversary of the first use of ether anesthesia in 1842 by Dr. Crawford W. Long. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush officially made the anniversary a national day of celebration. The ABPS thinks the celebration is fitting. Every day across the country, physicians work tirelessly to treat our illnesses and injuries, deliver our babies, and help us stay as healthy as possible. If you know a doctor or have been treated kindly by one, please reach out and say thank you. The contributions that doctors make to society and our community deserve our immense gratitude.

The care and attention that these dedicated men and women provide patients is exemplified by Marvin Singh, MD, a Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®), a Member Board of the ABPS. “Sometimes I feel like the most important part of a visit is in the small talk, in establishing a rapport with the patient,” he said. “There have been a number of times in my personal experience when no specific plan for testing is made and no specific change in medications are made, yet the patient felt better, was happier, and more motivated to make change just by being present for the visit itself.”

Marvin Singh, MDDr. Singh, an integrative gastroenterologist, believes that when patients have an added level of trust in their physician, the opportunity to heal is improved and communication is more succinct. “We are not just doctors or physicians,” he said. “We are also healers. Human beings are social animals and sometimes all someone needs is an ear to listen to them and an arm to lean on. As healers, we have the unique opportunity to help those in need, no matter what the problem may be.”

As a nationally recognized, multi-specialty, physician-certifying body, the ABPS is proud to have a community of Diplomates who strive to remain updated about new and effective techniques and treatment methods and who have dedicated their lives to providing exceptional medical care to their communities.

To learn more about the ABPS and our unwavering commitment to improving the nation’s medical care, contact us today.

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Patient Care Is Our Priority

Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine