Did You Know There is Physician Board Certification for Disaster Medicine?

American Board of Disaster MedicineQuite often, when disaster strikes, government leaders will turn to physicians for guidance in setting up triage stations and providing effective care with potentially limited resources. Of course, physicians are also relied on to administer first aid and medical treatment for disaster victims. For all these reasons, it’s vital that physicians be trained to deliver medical care in disaster settings and to offer continued care during recovery efforts.

Every disaster, whether natural or manmade, is unique and unpredictable in its effects on human health and well-being. It’s often said that disaster medicine really should be every physician’s second specialty and every hospital should have at least one physician who is board certified in disaster medicine.

The ABPS Offers Disaster Medicine Certification

In North America, the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) is the only multi-specialty certification board that certifies physicians in disaster medicine. The ABPS offers qualified and experienced physicians disaster medicine certification through its Member Board, the American Board of Disaster Medicine® (ABODM® ). A notably rigorous process, board certification with the ABODM serves as tangible proof that a physician has mastered the core competencies required to lead when it comes to disaster preparation, response, and recovery. Disaster medicine specialist certification communicates to federal, state, and local government officials that disaster-certified physicians are qualified to contribute to relief and recovery during the time of a disaster.

If you are a licensed physician considering become certified in disaster medicine, contact the ABPS. We can give you more information about the certification process as well details about eligibility requirements for certification.

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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

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
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