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Update on American Board of Physician Specialties for Medical Staff Professionals

Board certification has long been a trusted metric that medical staff professionals use to identify physicians who have the knowledge and expertise to provide high-quality medical care. As one of the premier physician-certifying entities in North America, the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) offers both allopathic and osteopathic physicians board certification and recertification in 20 different specialties. Founded in ...

A Message From Hilary McClafferty, MD, to All Physicians: We See You

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a cascade of chaos and suffering on a level previously unseen by this generation. This has impacted physicians in both visible and invisible ways. The visible impacts are obvious. Images of colleagues in full protective gear swabbing, intubating, and managing critical patients make it easy to appreciate how far from normal we truly are. The ...

A Day in the Life of an Emergency Medicine Fellow as Told by Dr. Chris Gilsdorf, DO

I am an emergency medicine fellow at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. I discovered the program while applying to residencies in family medicine. The family medicine program at UT Medical Center felt like an excellent fit when I interviewed there, and the EM fellowship program was the proverbial cherry on top. Over the next three years, I ...

COVID-19 Presents an Urgency for Hospital Groups and Other Healthcare Providers to Update Medical Staff Bylaws

Medical staff bylaws provide rules under which organizations govern their operational affairs. Sometimes, however, bylaws are written in such a way that they hinder rather than promote the assurance of quality standards. To avoid such situations, organizations often form review committees that periodically review bylaws to identify rules that are no longer relevant or helpful. Consider how the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Orthopedic Residents Have a Choice for Board Certification

Have you ever wondered if there is another legitimate orthopedic certifying board besides the ABOS? If so, you should know that since 1976, the Board of Certification in Orthopedic Surgery (BCOS) has been certifying orthopedic surgeons across America. In fact, some of the nation’s most highly qualified orthopedic surgeons are certified with the BCOS, a Member Board of the American ...

Precautions, Symptoms and Tests for Coronavirus by Mimi Guarneri, MD

Mimi Guarneri, MD, a founding board member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®) and a board-certified physician in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, offers important tips to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. First, Dr. Guarneri says, we should know what the most common symptoms of the disease are. These include fever (although not always), ...

ABPS Diplomate William Garrity, MD, Explains What It Is Like Being on the Frontlines of COVID-19

William Garrity, MD, a family medicine physician and Diplomate of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), says there is good news to report from the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic: Although the United States leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases, we also lead the world in research that can slow the spread of the disease. Dr. Garrity admits ...

The American Board of Physician Specialties Offers a Choice in Certification for Anesthesiologists with the Board of Certification in Anesthesiology (BCA)

It’s safe to say that anesthesiologists are involved in a majority of the more than 40 million surgical procedures carried out under anesthetic each year in the United States. However, these specialists play a much wider role than putting people to sleep for surgery. They are also involved in carrying out assessments in critical care units, dealing with emergency situations, ...

ABPS Board Certification Standards

Through a collaborative process that involves Diplomates of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) and other accomplished physicians, the ABPS has developed board certification standards that are among the most stringent in the medical industry. These standards ensure that every physician who earns certification through our Member Boards can present to the public as qualified physician specialists. To be ...

ABPS Diplomate Dr. William Garrity Explains Why the BCFM is a Good Choice for Physician Certification in Family Medicine

William Garrity, MD, a Diplomate of the Board of Certification in Family Medicine (BCFM), which is a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), says his decision to choose the ABPS was a good one. He believes family medicine physicians and residents would do well to seek BCFM certification because the process assures a sustainable path to ...

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