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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 ...

Certification Eligibility & Testing for the American Board of Physician Specialties®

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) – committed to Enhancing Patient Care through Physician Excellence – is one of the most highly respected multispecialty certifying organizations in North America. It is the mission of the ABPS to establish the highest standards in physician board certification, and to help the physician specialist achieve success in a rapidly changing healthcare landscape. ...

What Hospital Administrators Need to Know About Physician Choice for Board Certification

When making staffing decisions, it is incumbent on hospital administrators to ensure that they have the best candidate pool available. One of the most trusted indicators of a physician’s abilities is the successful completion of a board certification program. Currently, in the United States there are three primary, multi-specialty physician certifying organizations – the AMA, AOA, and ABPS – and ...

Physician Leadership is Growing in Importance

One of the biggest changes to American healthcare in the 21st century has been the rapid growth in the need for physician leaders with business-oriented skillsets. Historically, physicians have been able to focus the lion’s share of their time on patient care, worrying less about day-to-day management and more about ensuring that their patients were as healthy as possible. However, ...

About ABPS Board Certified Physicians

For a physician to be qualified to practice medicine, he or she must be licensed in the state in which they wish to work. Board certification is the natural next step for physician credentialing. Board certification is a tool that is used to legitimize the training and mastery of core concepts that a physician has in his or her specialty, ...

The Changing Role of Physician Leaders

The need for physician leaders has never been greater. As the healthcare industry continues to undergo significant changes, there is a clear opportunity for physicians with extensive administrative experience to rise up and assume leadership positions that are too often filled by executives who do not possess medical training. At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we developed the ...

Family Medicine Obstetrics: Board Certification Exam Overview

The Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics® (BCFMO), which is governed by the American Board of Physician Specialties®, offers two options for certification—Family Medicine Obstetrics and Family Medicine Obstetrics With Surgical Qualification. Exams for the surgical option consist of a computer-based written test and an oral examination covering five case studies. The exam for the non-surgical option is the ...

About the BCFM’s Family Medicine  Exam for Board Certification

The Board of Certification in Family Medicine (BCFM) is a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), one of three nationally distinguished physician board certifying bodies. The examination offered by the BCFM is a clinically based, written test designed to allow a family medicine specialist to demonstrate his or her proficiency in the core competencies required to ...

Internal Medicine Board Certification Eligibility Requirements

The eligibility requirements vary for physicians to become qualified to seek board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), but there are several base-line requirements that all of the ABPS Member Boards share. These include owning an unrestricted medical license for every state in which the physician is licensed, annual attestation to the currency of those unrestricted medical ...

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