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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Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine