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The BCIM Offers Internal Medicine Physicians a Recognized Choice for Board Certification

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) now include the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) as one of three recognized bodies for physician board certification. One of the specialties for which the ABPS offers certification is internal medicine. The Board of Certification in Internal Medicine® (BCIM), a Member Board ...

Choice: Why Having Options in Board Certification is Important for Physicians

Some hospitals have begun to realize that choice in board certification is good not only for patient care, but for physicians as well. By giving physician options of other recognized boards of certification besides the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in their bylaws, hospitals and health care organizations prevent monopolization of the industry ...

Treatment by Dr. Paul Harch Shows Improvement in Veterans with Brain Damage

Veterans with mild traumatic brain injury/persistent post-concussion syndrome (PPCS) have shown significant improvements following a study at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. The hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) study was led by Dr. Paul Harch, director of hyperbaric medicine at the LSU center. Thirty veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars took part. Like the ...

The Integrative Approach

After 13 years of practicing conventional medicine – the kind of medicine found in most doctor’s offices – Dr. Julie Reardon found another approach that she believed was more effective, one that combines the best parts of conventional medicine with many other common-sense wellness practices. This approach is called integrative medicine. According to Dr. Reardon, integrative medicine uses all the ...

Physician Leaders Will Shape the Future of Medicine

In a very real sense, all physicians are leaders. When we consider the years of training that physicians are required to complete, along with their confidence in making critical decisions in life or death situations, and their commitment to the teamwork in the clinical setting, we can appreciate how their roles demand daily demonstrations of leadership skills. Through their knowledge ...

How Career ED Physicians Can Demonstrate Their Competency in Emergency Medicine

The Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM) offers qualified emergency department physicians an opportunity to show that they have the knowledge and expertise necessary to perform at the highest level in the healthcare industry. While it’s true that emergency departments across the country rely on physicians trained in primary specialties to deliver critical medical care, and that these practitioners ...

Why More Doctors Are Embracing Scientifically Sound Integrative Medicine

An experienced physician knows that even when patients of the same age and with the same illness display similar symptoms, their treatment plans may be markedly different. This is because a physician must take into account a host of factors, including the patients’ general health, medications they’re currently taking, and lifestyle habits, just to name a few. In essence, what ...

Hospital Bylaws Should Not Restrict Qualified Physicians

Many decades ago, a group of osteopathic surgeons who had completed allopathic residencies applied for board certification through the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), but they were denied because they had not completed osteopathic residencies. The surgeons then turned to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), but once again, they were rejected. This time, it wasn’t because they lacked osteopathic ...

An ABOIM Diplomate’s Personal Journey into Integrative Medicine

Over the course of her career, Dr. Amy Baruch, an Emergency Medicine physician at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, observed that the majority of her patients have multiple chronic medical issues. These are often paired with a long list of medications, often with their own side effects.  Intuitively, she knew that this was not optimal medical care ...

Approved Fellowships Prepare Family Physicians to Lead Rural EDs

A current shortage of qualified and board certified EM physicians means that many emergency facilities, particularly in rural areas, are facing staffing challenges. Doctors who completed residencies in specialties other than EM, especially doctors who specialize in family medicine, step in to fill the gap for communities that would have otherwise lacked adequate emergency care. A particularly noteworthy development has ...

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