What is Board Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM)?

Urgent CareAs urgent care centers begin to proliferate in the United States, it has become more important than ever for physicians who practice this emerging specialty to be held to well-established standards for patient treatment. The Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM) allows practicing urgent care physicians to show that they meet or exceed those standards by demonstrating a mastery of the core competencies required to practice urgent care medicine at the highest level.

The BCUCM provides a credentialing platform for physicians who wish to pursue a career in urgent care. The reason urgent care certification has become increasingly important is that many urgent care clinics advertise their physicians as board certified. While that might technically be true, these physicians might not actually be board certified in their primary specialty, which is now urgent care. This might seem like a minor detail, but patients deserve to know that they are receiving the best possible care from physicians who have proven they are qualified. The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS®) believes that physicians who practice a particular specialty should have the opportunity to achieve board certification in that specialty, which is why it established the BCUCM, the first and only certifying board catering to the certification and recertification needs of eligible urgent care physicians.

BCUCM exams are clinically based and are developed using the most stringent standards. Eligibility requirements also are geared specifically to physicians who have decided to make a career in urgent care. In general, allopathic and osteopathic physicians in the United States and Canada who are residency-trained, and who currently practice full-time urgent care, are eligible to apply for urgent care medical board certification through the BCUCM.

To learn more about eligibility requirements and exam details, or to request general information about the BCUCM, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

 

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