More Hospitals Require Physicians to be Board Certified

Hospitals Board CertificationBoard certification has long been seen as a voluntary process available to highly motivated and qualified physicians to demonstrate their mastery of the medical specialty they practice. As a result, the general public typically correlates board certification with expertise, which has been incentive enough to commit to the certification process. However, in the 21st century, as the medical paradigm has significantly changed and healthcare organizations have become more centralized and competitive, the need for board certification is more important than ever before.

One of the most significant shifts in the physician recruiting process has been that many hospitals and larger healthcare organizations have standardized their hiring processes and, in many cases, required board certification for employment. This has led to a situation in which many tenured physicians who had never felt compelled to become board certified are finding themselves disadvantaged in the workplace with diminished prospects for advancement and even continued employment.

In many ways, the emphasis placed on having board certified physicians on staff is intuitive. Board certification is in many ways synonymous with exceptionalism, so it stands to reason that hospitals would want to prioritize hiring these physicians. However, at the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we want to ensure that all eligible, qualified, and motivated physicians understand that they have options when it comes to board certification. While the board certification process is undoubtedly rigorous, it is above all else fair and designed to ensure that the physicians with the strongest credentials and indisputable expertise in their specialty area can receive the recognition that they deserve.

Not only does becoming board certified have potential long-term career benefits, it also allows the physician to demonstrate to peers, patients, and loved ones that they truly are a leader in the specialty that they practice. To learn more about the steps to becoming board certified through the ABPS, contact us today.

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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
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