Disaster Board Certification from the American Board of Physician Specialties

Disaster BoardDisasters are unpredictable. Preparation is key. Physicians, in particular, must be prepared if and when they are needed during disasters that affect the entire community. Therefore, for physicians to think of disaster board certification as a second specialty.

When disasters occur, physicians throughout the community are called into action. It is vital for them to have a thorough understanding of what must be done in a time of a disaster. Victims, emergency responders, and government officials will depend on physicians who are adequately prepared to treat injuries, coordinate relief and to help lay the groundwork for recovery. A physician who has achieved disaster board certification is demonstrably prepared to live up to those expectations.

The American Board of Physician Specialties, Inc. (ABPS), the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS), is the only multi-specialty physician certification body to offer disaster medicine board certification and recertification through the American Board of Disaster Medicine (ABODM). Disaster medicine certification from the ABPS reinforces to federal, state and local government officials that disaster certified physicians are qualified to contribute to the relief and recovery during a disaster.

Disaster board certification provides physicians a unique and highly distinguishing opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and core competencies necessary to be recognized as a community leader in the four primary stages of disaster preparation and management: planning, coordination, execution and debriefing. The ABODM offers a rigorous examination, testing a physician’s knowledge of and experience with:

  • The National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System
  • Safety in disaster responses, including protective equipment, decontamination and site security
  • Triage in a disaster setting
  • Providing effective care with limited resources
  • Psychological first aid and caring for responders

For details about eligibility requirements for certification from the American Board of Disaster Medicine, contact the ABPS today.

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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.

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