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