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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