Board Certification Options for Rural Physicians
Family 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).