Are Your Hospital’s Medical Staff Bylaws Current?

Diverse group of male and female doctors walking through corridor discussing. medicine, health and healthcare servicesThe American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) encourages hospital groups and other healthcare organizations to review and update their bylaws, hiring practices, and other protocols to ensure that they remain updated and relevant. Bylaws aim to ensure that a hospital’s medical professionals are appropriately qualified and set a standard of quality that assures patients they can receive safe and effective medical care. But many bylaws now in place were written decades ago when the medical environment was decidedly different.

As physician board certification continues to grow in importance, so will the competition among hospitals to hire the most talented and dedicated professionals. But when bylaws are outdated or so narrowly written that they recognize only certain physician certifying bodies, hospitals undermine their own efforts to attract qualified physicians and deprive patients of receiving the exceptional medical care that board-certified physicians provide.

The ABPS is one of three primary multi-specialty certifying organizations in the country. We have been focusing on patient care since 1952, offering qualified physicians pragmatic certification options to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in their medical fields. 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. What’s more, the U.S. Department of Labor has revised its definition of multispecialty board certification to specifically include the ABPS alongside the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

If you would like more information about the ABPS and how your hospital would be well-served by recognizing our highly skilled Diplomates, contact us today.

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

Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine