Positioning for Change – What Physician Leaders are Saying About Administrative Medicine Board Certification
The American Board of Administrative MedicineSM (ABAM) was established by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) to identify and recognize highly qualified physicians who are experts in the business side of medicine. As the healthcare sector continues to modernize, there is a clear, demonstrated need for physician leaders with training and experience in disciplines such as health administration, business administration, and medical management. The ABAM was developed to help address this need and facilitate the placement of highly trained physicians in leadership positions throughout healthcare organizations of all sizes across North America.
Administrative Medicine is more popular than ever before as physicians throughout America are recognizing that the specialty is, “defining and arguably redesigning healthcare in this country,” as Christopher A. Kodama, MD, MBA, explains. In the 21st century, “healthcare has become a big business; hence, the time has come for specialty board certification in Administrative Medicine,” says John F. Bradberry, MD, MBA. With major shifts in healthcare policy, the centralization of healthcare delivery models, and the movement toward electronic medical records, more and more physicians are making the decision to pursue graduate-level training in business. Many medical schools around the country are also beginning to offer joint MBA/MD programs.
As Judy L. Smith, MD, MS, CPE, FACS, puts it clearly: “Board certification in Administrative Medicine is designed for physicians who are moving into leadership roles or aspire to move into leadership roles.” This is a case where there is a clear opportunity for highly motivated physicians to advance their careers – whether they are interested in running their own private practice, attaining management positions in their hospital, or being in the board room of major healthcare organizations.
To learn more about the benefits to becoming board certified through the ABAM, a Member Board of the ABPS, contact us today. The ABPS is the official certifying organization of the American Association of Physician Specialists®.