The Importance of Recognizing ABPS Board-Certified Physicians

A group of doctorsIn 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.

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On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
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
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