What it Means to Achieve Physician Board Certification in Urgent Care

Board Certification Urgent CareWhat does it mean for a physician to achieve board certification in urgent care, and why is it important?

Demand for urgent care services has risen markedly in recent years, and it is expected to continue to do so as the public gains familiarity with the convenience of medical service that serves as a bridge or transition between primary care and emergency care. Achieving board certification in urgent care is important because even though many urgent care clinics advertise that their physicians are board certified, it might not mean they actually are board certified in urgent care.

The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) is the only multi-specialty certifying body to offer board certification in urgent care. The ABPS believes that physicians who practice a particular specialty should have the opportunity to achieve board certification in that specialty. In a new, evolving field like urgent care, board certification through the ABPS allows practicing urgent care physicians to differentiate themselves from an increasingly competitive field. Physicians certified through the Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM) are positioned to demonstrate a mastery of the core competencies required to provide the best available diagnostic services and treatment at an urgent care center.

Eligibility requirements for board certification in urgent care are geared specifically to physicians who have decided to practice urgent care fulltime. BCUCM exams are developed following the most rigorous policies and standards and are vetted with industry-recognized psychometric criteria. In general, allopathic and osteopathic physicians in the United States and Canada who are residency-trained and practicing urgent care full-time are eligible to apply for urgent care board certification through the BCUCM.

To learn more about eligibility requirements for board certification in urgent care, or for information about the BCUCM, contact us today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.



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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.

ABPS provides a guarantee of a high level of competency. Not only has this been good for my professional development but it has assured my patients that the clinicians they see are trained to the highest degree.

Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC
Integrative Medicine
I value my ABPS certification very highly because it is one-of-a-kind certification in Urgent Care Medicine under the auspices of a larger, reputable organization. I really enjoy the professional and personal relationships I have formed with other individuals in the development of this new board and appreciate the great lengths that ABPS goes to ensure and enhance the recognition of it's component boards.
Joseph D. Toscano, MD
Urgent Care Medicine
ABPS gives its members unique opportunities to learn and develop professionally. I have been practicing Emergency Medicine for over 27 years and have been privileged to be a member of this fabulous organization. Through ABPS I have developed tremendously in my professional career becoming a consummate practitioner of my trade, a physician leader locally at my hospital, in my region , at the state level, and a published clinical researcher.
Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine