Medical Staff Leaders: ABPS Options Lead to Improved Health Care

ABPS Options Lead to Improved Health CareAt the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we believe that increasing the number of options for board certification benefits physicians and hospitals, as well as the patients they serve. To that end, we work to give qualified professionals several choices when researching certification boards. Our strict eligibility requirements ensure that only the most dedicated doctors even qualify to attempt certification with the ABPS. As part of our mission to help our Diplomates deliver first-rate medical care, we have developed the most rigorous, clinically based exams in the industry. Physicians talented enough to earn ABPS board certification leave no room for doubt that they have mastered the core competencies of their chosen specialties and are among the finest in their fields.

We fully understand that in a competitive healthcare marketplace hospitals and other health care facilities look to hire staff members with extensive experience and demonstrated expertise. Therefore, as one of the nation’s multi-specialty certification entities, we view it as our responsibility to point out to organizations the missed opportunities that can result from restrictive or outdated medical staff bylaws. When bylaws are written in such a way as to exclude certain boards, such as the ABPS, credentialers may overlook eminently qualified ABPS specialists, depriving patients of the exceptional medical care that they provide.

For ABPS Diplomates, delivering exceptional care means honestly assessing shortcomings in the healthcare system and diligently seeking to find solutions. It also means that Diplomates are advocates for the highest level of patient care possible and so are committed to continual learning and career development. Further, by earning ABPS certification, our Diplomates show that they are firmly devoted to the idea of placing their patients first, not the politics of medicine. Therefore, they embrace all opportunities to help patients achieve robust health through lifestyle changes. That is why, as more Americans adopt healthier lifestyles and more hospitals require that their physicians be board certified, ABPS physicians can provide organizations extra assurance that they will deliver health care that meets the public’s changing needs.

To learn more about our various physician certification boards, or to verify the credentials of one of our Diplomates, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official certifying organization of the American Association of Physician Specialists®.

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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