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.

ABPS board certification validates a physician's competence in their medical specialty. This is important to a patient seeking medical care. Physician recertification through ABPS assures that we maintain knowledge and expertise throughout our career. The ABPS is a collegial and committed organization of physicians and administrative staff. The organization has given me the opportunity to become involved in all facets of the board certification process and physician governance.

Lawrence Stein, MD, FAASOS
Orthopedic Surgery
ABPS is a leading advocate for its Diplomates, their patients, and the public at large by promoting high-quality evidence-based patient care. ABPS certifies physicians through industry-leading rigorous examinations in various boards and offers continuous recertification making sure that these physicians are qualified to practice safe state of the art medicine.

Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
In this time of uncertainty, Disaster Medicine Certification has helped tremendously to demonstrate to hospital leadership my commitment to disaster preparedness and knowledge of planning, response, and mitigation. ABODM certification focuses on the knowledge and skills a physician needs to become a recognized leader in the four stages of disaster preparation and management: planning, coordination, execution, and debriefing.

Lewis W, Marshall, MD, JD, FAAEP, FAADM
Disaster Medicine | Emergency Medicine