Chris Kunis, MD, on Internal Medicine & COVID 19

Chris Kunis, MDI spent the last 33 years practicing medicine by saving lives and helping to develop unbiased, objective, evidenced-based criteria so that U.S. healthcare can become the best in the world. Now, as an expert board certified in internal medicine, I oversee the work of my college’s quality care in critical appraisal and peer review. The world of internal medicine was flashed by a pandemic in 2020. For those who lost loved ones, the blinding effect was more like a nuclear blast.

There was audible panic in the news and in politics, as we spent countless 12-hour shifts in Tyvek with double N95 masks and face shields, while patients suffered and died alone in isolation. We either had to close offices and lay off staff, or step up to help drive-by testing centers and support the scared population with telehealth, while students and their homebound parents watched in horror and confusion. I have seen the worst public health crisis in a century and witnessed our normal support systems fail.

The extremes of political rhetoric disgust me because of bias placed on medicine that blurred our patient care processes and confused our critical patient appraisals and treatment. We depend on all board-certified physician specialists to translate standards of care into evidence-based practice guidelines. Our medical societies depend on our board-certified physicians as specialists and physician leaders to coordinate skilled healthcare services and provide lifesaving skills for our communities.

As an internist certified by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), I continue to fulfill that role as a physician leader. I understand current practices as well as how to benchmark examination questions for certification with the Board of Certification in Internal Medicine (BCIM). The ABPS uses physician career experience to make our certification processes surpass those of other organizations. This combination of predictive analytics and evidence-based certification exam content will test our applicants’ decision-making.

I thank all of our BCIM-certified physicians for the patients they cared for with dignity and love, and for the many thousands of lives saved by their exhaustive efforts, and I pray for those who lost their lives during the war against COVID 19.

Dr. Chris Kunis, MD, is senior executive medical director of eQ Health Solutions for Florida Medicaid and a Diplomate of the ABPS.

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Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine