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Physicians Have a Choice in Board Certification

As a patient, you have a choice when it comes to physicians treating your illness, and that’s a great benefit. After all, if you’re not comfortable with your doctor for whatever reason, you may have persistent doubts about the quality of care you’re receiving. At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we believe that dedicated physicians—the professionals who deliver ...

Are Your Hospital Bylaws Current?

As physician board certification continues to grow in importance, so will the competition among hospitals to hire the most talented and dedicated board-certified professionals. But when medical staff bylaws are outdated, they may recognize only certain physician certifying bodies, or only physicians who have earned certification on the first attempt. Unfortunately, these bylaws undermine the very intent of board certification, ...

ABPS Has Solutions for Rural Emergency Medicine Physician Shortages

There has been a decades-long shortage of qualified emergency medicine physicians in rural areas, a problem that’s only expected to worsen as a generation of rural doctors retires. For perspective, consider a 2021 study by the American College of Emergency Physicians. It found that 92% of emergency physicians practice in urban areas, while only 6% practice in large rural settings ...

How Hospitals Can Build Trust to Bolster Credibility Among Patients According to ABAM Diplomate Paul E. Gourley, DO, MBA, FACEP, CPE

Trust and credibility are the foundation of the health care provider-patient relationship. When patients trust their providers, they are more likely to listen to their advice and instructions. Additionally, as better listeners, they are more likely to comply with treatment plans. Furthermore, increased compliance can lead to better outcomes, resulting in a better overall experience for the patient. Providers who ...

Cooking Up Health for Yourself

My name is Melinda Ring, and I’m the director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University. In 2016, a partnership between the Osher Center and the nonprofit organization Common Threads led to the creation of Cooking Up Health, a culinary medicine course for health professionals. Culinary medicine blends the art of cooking with the science of medicine, ...

Benefits of Emergency Medicine Fellowships for Primary Trained Physicians in Your Hospital

Board certification has long been one of the best ways for primary care physicians to earn recognition for their emergency medicine expertise. Traditionally, however, certification in emergency medicine requires residency training in the specialty, which deprives many eminently qualified primary-trained doctors of due recognition. Fortunately, the American Academy of Emergency Physicians (AAEP) provides primary care physicians with a certification pathway. ...

Frank Nocilla, MD, On What It’s Like to Certify in Internal Medicine With the ABPS

I’m a private practitioner in internal medicine in Tupper Lake, New York, as well as a critical care flight physician. I chose to specialize in internal medicine because internists have many options for further specialization in other areas of internal medicine, such as cardiology, pulmonary/critical care, oncology, hematology, and endocrinology— subspecialties that require physicians to have completed an internal medicine ...

Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, MD, on the Healing Effects of Time in Nature

Around 2007, as an OB-GYN practitioner with two young children—one of whom was diagnosed with autism—I began feeling burnt out. Then in 2008, my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He was not a smoker, so we were caught completely off guard. That’s when I started asking a lot of questions about conventional medicine: What do we have ...

Dr. Marvin Singh’s Top 10 Foods for Gut Health

I advise my patients that adhering to a healthy diet is one of the main lifestyle choices that they can make to improve gut health. A gut-healthy diet doesn’t need to be complicated. There are many gut-healthy foods out there that most people should be able to easily integrate into their diet. These foods are rich in a combination of ...

Heidi P. Cordi, MD: Does Your Hospital Have a Disaster Plan in Place in the Event of an Emergency?

Hospitals can face a variety of adverse events ranging from natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and pandemics, to human-caused catastrophes such as terrorist and cybersecurity attacks. Disasters in and around a hospital can have a huge impact on the facility, its employees, and even the communities they serve. Hospitals must be able to handle the additional surge of ...

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