Hospital MedicineWhy Hospitals and Clinics Should Emphasize Board Certification When Hiring & Privileging Physicians

While hiring practices at hospitals and medical clinics throughout North America differ, one thing CEOs and recruiters all have in common is the desire to staff their facilities with physicians who are capable of providing the finest care possible. Each organization has its own screening process, which is designed to ensure that the best candidates are given due consideration. Screening is important, but residencies, education, and years of experience alone are not necessarily accurate indicators of a physician’s qualifications for a particular position at a hospital or clinic. It is just as important that the physician is able to demonstrate a mastery of the knowledge and skills required to provide the best care. An effective way to demonstrate that mastery is to achieve board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

The ABPS developed 18 distinct specialty boards that are particularly relevant for credentialing and privileges committees and hiring agents at hospitals and clinics – including the American Board of Hospital Medicine (ABHM), the Board of Certification for Emergency Medicine (BCEM) and the Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM). Depending on the job requirements, practitioners of each of these specialties bring a particular skill set to the table. Those who have achieved Diplomate status in a chosen specialty through an ABPS Member Board have proven that they possess the skill and knowledge required to perform at the very top of their chosen field. In fact, it is not a stretch to believe that board certification ought to be made a requirement for physician hiring, if it is not already part of the criteria recruiters and CEOs are looking for in candidates.

To learn more about the importance of physician board certification and how it can be incorporated into a list of requirements for new hires, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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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.

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
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