Board Certification Benefits Patients, Employers, and Physicians
Board certification serves as a validation of a physician’s expertise, and through recertification, physicians can stay updated about medical innovations and practices, and expand their knowledge base. While certification is indisputably one of the highest honors a physician can receive, its benefits also extend to patients and employers. Let’s consider each in turn.
Benefits to Patients
Board certification gives patients peace of mind. That’s because, for many people, consulting a physician for a health issue can be a nerve-racking experience. But certification is a distinction that lets patients know their physician is uniquely qualified to deliver top-notch medical care. Certification instills patients with confidence in their physicians and the treatment they provide. Because a patient’s health and well-being is a good physician’s first priority, the assurance that certification gives patients cannot be overstated.
Benefits to Employers
Board certification is not required in order to become a practicing physician, so those who take the extra step of earning certification present themselves as distinguished job candidates. Employers know certification requires a significant investment of time and effort, and only the most talented and committed physicians are board certified. Healthcare organizations continue to prioritize hiring certified specialists because these physicians have demonstrated through the certification process that they are experts in their field. Having certified specialists on staff confers prestige on healthcare organizations, allowing them to legitimately market themselves as world-class medical facilities.
Benefits to Physicians
Aside from the immense personal satisfaction that certification brings, it also enhances a physician’s career. First, by helping to verify credentials, certification makes it easier for employers to identify physicians as qualified potential staffers. In light of this, it’s easy to see how certification also broadens career opportunities – a certified physician is a more marketable physician. And because certification is a professional achievement that signifies mastery of a specialty’s core competencies, it can also lead to positions of increased responsibility and higher earnings.
Certification with the American Board of Physician Specialties®
Recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a choice for physician board certification, the ABPS offers certification in a range of medical fields, from family medicine and orthopedic surgery to emergency medicine and integrative medicine. Our Diplomates practice their specialties in all 50 states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. To learn more about how ABPS certification benefits patients, employers, and physicians, contact us today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. ®