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®.


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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