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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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine