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.®

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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