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Credentialing Committees: Does your hospital recognize all three national multi-specialty physician certifying organizations?

Credentialing CommitteesIf your credentialing committee is concerned with identifying qualified physicians to join your organization, it is vitally important that you recognize the three leading multi-specialty physician certifying organizations in the United States. Increasingly, board certification, while entirely voluntary, is becoming an invaluable designation in the medical community. In order to ensure that you have the best possible talent pool to choose from when making hiring decisions, you should consider candidates affiliated with all of the major certifying groups. After all, you’d hate to diminish your ability to select a highly trained and experienced physician to join your hospital staff because you didn’t recognize a leading certifying organization.

While there are hundreds of organizations that validate the expertise of physicians in their chosen specialties, three primary multi-specialty physician organizations oversee the majority of specialty certifications:

  • The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
  • The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS)
  • The American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOABOS)

Each of these multi-specialty physician certifying organizations are extremely well established in the healthcare industry and have extensive experience providing board certification to eligible physicians who meet their stringent eligibility requirements. ABPS, for instance, was first organized in 1950 and has been granting certifications since 1960. Today, ABPS oversees the development and administration of 12 member boards, which represent 18 distinct medical specialties.

When it comes to identifying and hiring board certified physicians, it is extremely important that your credentialing committee recognizes the stature of the three largest multi-specialty physician certifying organizations in North America. To learn more about the board certification process through the ABPS, contact us today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.