Board Certification Benefits Patients, Employers, and Physicians

Board Certification Benefits Patients, Employers, and PhysiciansBoard 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. ®

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On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

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