Hospitalists Across the Nation are Taking a Lead Role in Coordinating Patient Care

Hospitalists ABHMIn recent years, hospitalists have become some of the most sought-after specialists in hospitals around the nation. These men and women are unique in that they have dedicated their careers to becoming experts in hospital-based healthcare. As a result, they are equipped to provide tremendous, personalized care to their patients while also serving as de facto hospital administrators who drive change in the way the organization operates.

Unlike general practice physicians who often have office hours away from the hospital or have large volumes of patients under their care, a hospitalist works solely in the hospital with his or her patients from the moment they are admitted through discharge. This provides a level of personal touch that patients have responded to and helps limit instances of avoidable error, oversight and even misdiagnosis. Hospitalists also have perspective on their patient’s condition. Since they have been with the patient since the day he or she was admitted, they naturally tend to develop relationships with them, learn about their condition with greater detail, and have a clear understanding of their treatment experience. What follows tends to be improved outcomes and a reduction in the length of time that patients are hospitalized.

Additionally, hospitalists seek to impart change in the hospital. Since they work exclusively in the hospital, they have strong insight into what works – and what doesn’t – in the way that the hospital is run from a day-to-day, patient-to-patient standpoint. This insight is invaluable as it allows the specialist to make clear, specific recommendations for improving processes, identifying inefficiencies, and managing each department on a micro level.

At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we recognize the importance of Hospital Medicine and the role that hospitalists serve in improving patient care worldwide. That’s one reason why we developed the American Board of Hospital Medicine® (ABHM®), a Member Board dedicated solely to providing board certification in Hospital Medicine to highly motivated and qualified hospitalists. To learn about the process of becoming board certified and to learn more about the ABHM, contact us 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.

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