Board Certification Options for Rural Physicians

Male doctor using a stethoscope to listen to elderly woman's breathingFamily medicine physicians are an essential part of the emergency medicine safety net. Without their contribution, many rural areas of the country would lack adequate emergency care. Still, studies show that rural areas are grossly underserved medically. In fact, for patients in some rural communities, the ER is their only access to health care. Given the nation’s ongoing shortage of rural physicians in emergency medicine and obstetrics, the certification options offered by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) are critically important.

Founded in 1960, the ABPS is a nationally recognized multi-specialty certification body that provides opportunities for physicians to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in their chosen field. Known for our non-discriminatory approach to board certification, we place special emphasis on enabling qualified rural physicians to become board certified and offer them certification in emergency medicine and family medicine obstetrics.

At the ABPS, we remain committed to expanding board certification opportunities for rural physicians. We also think it’s important for primary care physicians to be board certified in the specialty they practice, whether that is in an emergency department setting or by providing their community access to family medicine obstetrics care. We believe that by helping rural physicians enhance their careers through board certification, patients will reap the benefits of enhanced public health standards.

To learn more about rural physician board certification through the ABPS, contact us today. We would be happy to give you details about eligibility requirements for certification with our Member Boards, the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM) and the Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics® (BCFMO).

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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine