Why it is Wrong that Some Qualified Physicians Remain Unable to Secure a Career Foothold with Hospitals

Hospital Hiring PracticesIn spite of impending physician shortages, some hospitals continue to ignore some qualified physicians merely because of the board-certifying body they chose to become certified through. The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) believes this flaw in hiring policies will do nothing but exacerbate the physician shortage problem, leaving perfectly qualified physicians frustrated and − more importantly − threatening the quality of care available to patients.

There is political precedent in the medical world for changing bylaws to be more in line with societal norms. There was a time, not long ago, when Osteopathic physicians were discriminated against when it came to hiring practices by hospitals and practice management groups. Society’s accepted standards of medical care have evolved, and today practicing physicians with “D.O.” after their names are practically universally accepted. In other words, bylaws and hiring practices have evolved, as well. This evolution can and should be instructive for hiring boards that have not yet reached the logical conclusion that in the 21st century, qualified physicians want and deserve a choice when it comes to physician board certification. As things stand now, the only choice many physicians have is to go with the American Board of Medical Specialties or otherwise become essentially blocked from career advancement in a hospital setting.

The ABPS has indisputably demonstrated that its eligibility requirements and testing standards are every bit as stringent as any other multi-specialty board certifying body in the United States. In fact, the ABPS’ requirement for recertification after eight years − as opposed to 10 years − ensures that ABPS Diplomates must remain even more up-to-speed than those who are given full decade between recertification exams. We bring up this distinction merely to reinforce the point that physician board certification through the ABPS should not be dismissed when it comes to hospital and management care group hiring practices. Ultimately, the patients are the ones who will suffer because of the current short-sighted approach to hiring physicians.

To learn more, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board–certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialties, Inc.



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On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

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