Why Hospitals Should Encourage EM Physicians to Become Board Certified

Emergency Medicine Board CertificationIn many urgent access hospitals and emergency departments, the physicians on staff are board certified in a medical field other than emergency medicine. While emergency medicine is a recognized medical specialty, many physicians elect to complete their residency in broader fields like family medicine or primary care before eventually gravitating to the emergency room to address a need within their community. The shortage of physicians who are board certified in emergency medicine is particularly prevalent in small markets and rural communities where the medical team tends to see less trauma and spends more time with patients who might not have access to other physicians. Yet, if you have physicians working in your hospital who are certified in a specialty other than emergency medicine, you might want to encourage them to consider becoming recognized in their chosen field with board certification from the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) or another multi-specialty board certifying organization.

At ABPS, we believe that physicians who have extensive firsthand experience working in the emergency department are entitled to board certification in their field of expertise. The problem that many physicians run into is that they are not eligible for certification without completing an additional residency – a residency in a specialty they’ve already shown expertise in over the course of their career. To address this issue, ABPS offers board certification in emergency medicine for physicians with extensive firsthand experience in emergency medicine who completed their residency in another field. Our board certification process is still extremely competitive, we have exceptionally high standards for our Diplomates, and we are pleased to offer an avenue to qualified physicians.

Increasingly, hospital leaders are prioritizing hiring physicians for their emergency departments who are board certified in the specialty. This significantly narrows the field of qualified physicians in an already under represented field of medicine. What’s more, there can be significant insurance incentives for hospitals to hire emergency medicine certified physicians, which further speaks to the importance of having your physicians certified in the field in which they work.

To help make it easier for your physicians to obtain and maintain employment, ensure your patients receive the best possible care, and make sure your hospital qualifies for all insurance coverage you’re entitled to, it makes sense to encourage your EM physicians to become board certified in emergency medicine. For information about the board certification process and eligibility requirements with ABPS, contact us today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
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
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