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The Benefits of Urgent Care Board Certification

Urgent Care Board CertificationFor too long, people seeking non-emergency medical care had essentially just two options: spend many hours in an emergency department waiting to be seen by a doctor, or wait weeks to get an appointment with a primary care physician. Today, there is an alternative, and that is to visit an urgent care clinic and have your non-emergency injury or illness promptly evaluated and treated by a knowledgeable physician. Urgent care clinics fill an important gap in the healthcare system and continue to enjoy enormous popularity as people in need of fast, effective care for non-emergency health issues can simply walk into the nearest urgent care facility. The urgent care discipline is primarily concerned with urgent yet non-life-threatening health conditions that can be addressed outside of the ED environment. Examples of such conditions include sprains and strains, mild breathing difficulties, cuts requiring stiches, eye irritations, vomiting, diarrhea, severe sore throats, minor broken bones and fractures, and rashes. Many urgent care clinics also provide an array of diagnostic services, such X-rays, EKGs, mononucleosis testing, STD testing, drug screenings, blood draws, and urinalyses.

Many urgent care centers are staffed by emergency and family medicine physicians who are looking to meet the demand for convenient access to high-quality care without appointments. As the specialty of urgent care grows in prominence, physicians who wish to transition into urgent care are discovering the many benefits of becoming board certified. Obtaining board certification in urgent care demonstrates that a physician has mastered the core competencies of this now-established medical specialty. A successful candidate is able to market him- or herself to the public as a qualified specialist in urgent care medicine. Though the path to certification is indeed rigorous, board certification is an effective way to distinguish oneself in an increasingly competitive urgent care landscape and earn an impressive credential that can be a major boon to a doctor’s career.

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) proudly offers a path to certification in urgent care through our very own Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM). The BCUCM allows qualified physicians to demonstrate that they possess the knowledge and skills necessary to practice urgent care medicine at the highest level. The only multi-specialty certifying body serving the certification and recertification needs of eligible urgent care practitioners, the BCUCM is open to both allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians who meet these stringent requirements. Applicants must have completed an ACGME/AOA-approved residency and be actively involved in the practice of urgent care medicine for at least 1,400 clinical hours per year.

For more information, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®