ABPS Board Certification in Hospital Medicine, Emergency Medicine Can Help Hospital Executives Mitigate the Physician Shortage

Hiring PhysiciansHospital administrators face many challenges in the early 21st century as the American healthcare system evolves to meet the requirements of an ever-changing population base. Managing a hospital might never have been more complicated than it is now. Even as treatment methods become more advanced and anticipated outcomes improve daily, the changing healthcare landscape is trickier than ever for hospital CEOs to navigate.

Yet, one issue confronting hospital CEOs – the ongoing, system-wide shortage of qualified physicians – can be directly addressed, in part, by the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS). In a recent survey conducted by medical staffing company AMN Healthcare, 86 percent of 400 hospital CEOs who participated said that they are currently recruiting physicians. In a related question, 94 percent of CEOs surveyed admitted that recruiting physicians is difficult and/or challenging.

How can the ABPS help?

Hospital CEOs who are concerned about the depth of the physician talent pool might actually find themselves limited by the very policies that are meant to help ensure the best medical care possible. Physician board certification is a crucial method for demonstrating that a physician possesses the knowledge base, skill set, and experience to deliver the best possible care in a given specialty. In some cases, a hospital’s hiring policies might actually be limited to only one multi-specialty certifying body. This is short sighted, but is easily remedied.

The ABPS embraces a wider acceptance for the practice of qualified primary care physicians with significant hospital practice and/or emergency department experience to earn physician board certification in a relevant specialty such as hospital medicine or emergency medicine. The ABPS developed the nation’s only comprehensive and dedicated board of certification governed by hospitalists, the American Board of Hospital Medicine (ABHM). The standards of the ABHM and all ABPS Member Boards are rigorous, and applicants must pledge to abide by the organization’s code of ethics.

If you are a hospital CEO or represent a recruiting agent for a hospital and would like to learn more about how the ABPS can help mitigate the physician shortage crisis, contact us today.

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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine