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Physicians Have Options When It Comes to Board Certification, According to Emmanuel Konstantakos, MD

Unlike what many residents believed during their residencies, physicians have several options for board certification. During the chief year of my orthopedic surgery residency, many of us learned that there are only three truly legitimate physician board certifying bodies in North America: the ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Board of Physician ...

Are All Physicians Certified in the Specialties They Practice?

There is no shortage of well-qualified and experienced physicians practicing today, but not all of them are certified in the specialties they practice. Does that mean that they are not as talented or dedicated as their board-certified colleagues? Hardly. Keep in mind that board certification, unlike a state medical license, is not a requirement to practice medicine. Rather, board certification ...

How Healthcare Leaders Can Improve Workforce Morale, According to Karyn Condie, MD

When the pandemic took hold in early 2020, there was a lot of uncertainty and unknowns. Caring for patients with COVID-19 was new and evolving. Research into preventive measures such as vaccines became a priority. Frontline physicians were treating patients in this general uncertainty as well as continuing with their “normal everyday” workload. For many, this meant attending empaneled patients ...

In Need of Physician Board Certification? Check out the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS)

If you recently completed residency training or are an established physician in practice and interested in distinguishing yourself through board certification, consider applying to the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS). As a multi-specialty physician certifying body that includes 12 Member Boards with Diplomates in 20 specialties, the ABPS has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a ...

Board Certification Options for Rural Physicians

Family medicine physicians are an essential part of the emergency medicine safety net. Without their contribution, many rural areas of the country would lack adequate emergency care. Still, studies show that rural areas are grossly underserved medically. In fact, for patients in some rural communities, the ER is their only access to health care. Given the nation’s ongoing shortage of ...

The Physician Advisor’s Role as Healthcare Continues to Evolve, According to Adam Rench, MD

I’m part of the physician advisor staff at MedManagement LLC, also known as EdiPhy Advisors, which functions primarily as an independent review organization. I became interested in becoming a physician advisor during my clinical practice, when I grew intrigued with the “nonclinical” approach to patient care. At the time I knew little about process improvement, utilization management, auditing, appeals, and ...

Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics Has Expanded

The Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics (BCFMO) recognizes that physicians who practice the specialty provide full obstetric care as part of their family practices, and therefore require board certification that recognizes the diverse scope of healthcare they deliver. The BCFMO also understands that many family medicine physicians gain an advanced level of training and experience through recognized fellowship ...

Melinda Ring, MD, FACP, ABOIM on Cooking Up Health

In 2016, a partnership between the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University 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. The CUH program at NU’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago focuses not ...

Dr. Apple Bodemer on How to Improve Your Skin Health

Your skin health has a significant impact on your quality of life. That’s one of the realizations that got me interested in dermatology during medical school. Over the years, I’ve come to understand that of all the organs in the body, the skin is often one that motivates people to make a health change. It’s hard for patients to feel ...

Is Your Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program Approved?

Integrative medicine is a healing-oriented medical specialty that focuses on the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. The integrative medicine practitioner makes decisions about illness prevention and treatment based on medical evidence and uses all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare modalities, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing. In the United States, the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) ...

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