The Importance of Recognizing ABPS Board-Certified Physicians
In the vast landscape of physician certifications, the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) often finds itself overshadowed by more widely recognized entities such as the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). However, this lack of wider recognition does a great disservice to the eminently qualified medical specialists who have achieved ABPS certification. Not only does it impact their careers, but, ultimately, it denies patients the expert care these physicians provide.
How Recognizing ABPS Certification Helps to Alleviate the Physician Shortage
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the United States could face a shortage of 54,100 to 139,000 physicians by 2033, encompassing both primary and specialty care fields. This alarming shortfall presents a significant public-health problem. In a recent Time magazine article, James Taylor, group president of the leadership solutions division at AMN Healthcare, the largest healthcare staffing agency in the U.S., aptly characterizes the situation as a looming crisis.
Against the backdrop of physician shortage, hospitals in the United States are struggling to fill vacancies, and hiring policies that recognize only certain certification boards are unwittingly exacerbating the problem. At the ABPS, we believe that physicians with extensive experience in a particular specialty should be given the opportunity to achieve physician board certification if they meet the qualifications. In short, we believe that recognizing ABPS board certification is essential for addressing the physician shortage and ensuring quality healthcare for all.
By acknowledging the expertise and experience of ABPS Diplomates, healthcare organizations can help to bridge the gap in rural and underserved areas, where access to medical care is often limited. Embracing a more inclusive approach to physician certification will not only benefit medical professionals but, more importantly, it will provide patients with the specialized care they deserve.
If you would like to learn more about the ABPS, our Diplomates, and our mission to offer the highest standards of physician certification, contact us today.