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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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

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
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