Are Your Hospital Bylaws Current?

Smiling group of physiciansAs physician board certification continues to grow in importance, so will the competition among hospitals to hire the most talented and dedicated board-certified professionals. But when medical staff bylaws are outdated, they may recognize only certain physician certifying bodies, or only physicians who have earned certification on the first attempt. Unfortunately, these bylaws undermine the very intent of board certification, which is to recognize physicians’ skills and knowledge in their chosen medical specialty.

Why Board Certification Matters

A demanding process, board certification is a mark of distinction that the medical industry widely recognizes. Granted, many outdated bylaws were written decades ago when the medical environment was strikingly different. Still, if hospital bylaws restrict a perfectly qualified and experienced physician, it is patients who ultimately suffer. Because medical staff bylaws serve to establish quality, it’s imperative that they be kept up to date.

The ABPS Encourages Hospitals to Update Their Medical Staff Bylaws

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) is a nationally recognized certifying body with 12 specialty boards and Diplomates in 19 specialties. Federal organizations that recognize the ABPS include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Veterans’ Health Administration and the U.S States Armed Forces. The U.S. Department of Labor revised its definition of multispecialty board certification to specifically include ABPS alongside the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). We urge more hospitals and other healthcare organizations to update their bylaws to include the ABPS and give patients access to the world-class medical care that our Diplomates provide.

If you would like to learn more about the ABPS and its unwavering commitment to meeting the evolving healthcare needs of the public, contact us today.

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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine