How ABAM Certification Distinguishes Physician Leaders, According to Dr. William J. Farrell, MD, MBA

Dr. William J. Farrell, MDThe combination of a business and medical background is vitally important to delivering high-quality care to patients. The medical background allows us to provide medical treatment that we learned in school for adequate diagnoses and treatment options. The business background allows us to learn and hone skills that were not presented in medical school or even residency. Such examples would be communication skills, marketing of adequate resources, and health policy information that would be ultimately beneficial for the overall care and treatment of our patients.

To lead any organization, a physician can learn knowledge, skills, and behaviors at the grassroots level with appropriate classes and instructors. What to me is most important is a physician leader or mentor who can provide one-on-one help and guidance. Many hospitals have introduced programs for physician leaders. Several of these programs are offered after hours, generally in 1-2-hour sessions for 3-6 months.

More and more, physician leaders are becoming chief executive officers of hospitals. Their combination of business acumen and medical training allows them to relate to their fellow physician colleagues in a very symbiotic fashion. They know from experience what works well with patient care and what may not work as well.

Board certification from the American Board of Administrative Medicine (ABAM), a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), has allowed me to foster the skills that I learned in my MBA program and better serve my patient population. By earning ABAM certification, physicians distinguish themselves as dedicated and talented medical practitioners who have completed a rigorous certification process. This group shares common interests with respect to hospital and medical group leadership. Furthermore, the annual ABPS meeting allows us to grow in leadership capabilities.

I would encourage all physician leaders with an MBA or an equivalent background to apply for ABAM certification. It will enhance your curriculum vitae as well as expand networking for future opportunities, and your cohort of Diplomates may also enrich your leadership knowledge and skills.

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In this time of uncertainty, Disaster Medicine Certification has helped tremendously to demonstrate to hospital leadership my commitment to disaster preparedness and knowledge of planning, response, and mitigation. ABODM certification focuses on the knowledge and skills a physician needs to become a recognized leader in the four stages of disaster preparation and management: planning, coordination, execution, and debriefing.

Lewis W, Marshall, MD, JD, FAAEP, FAADM
Disaster Medicine | Emergency Medicine
ABPS board certification validates a physician's competence in their medical specialty. This is important to a patient seeking medical care. Physician recertification through ABPS assures that we maintain knowledge and expertise throughout our career. The ABPS is a collegial and committed organization of physicians and administrative staff. The organization has given me the opportunity to become involved in all facets of the board certification process and physician governance.

Lawrence Stein, MD, FAASOS
Orthopedic Surgery
ABPS is a leading advocate for its Diplomates, their patients, and the public at large by promoting high-quality evidence-based patient care. ABPS certifies physicians through industry-leading rigorous examinations in various boards and offers continuous recertification making sure that these physicians are qualified to practice safe state of the art medicine.

Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine