Make Your Bylaws Inclusive

Make Your Bylaws InclusiveWhen a healthcare facility hires a board-certified physician, it sends a positive message to both patients and staff: This doctor is a proven and accomplished practitioner whom you can trust to deliver exceptional medical care. To ensure that their physicians are properly credentialed and indeed have the ability to provide quality healthcare, organizations throughout the United States have established bylaws. But when bylaws are unclear or unintentionally restrictive, an organization could well miss opportunities to hire skilled and knowledgeable practitioners.

While there are some hospitals that may not require physician board certification for staff membership, or that have requirements so stringent as to bar any candidate who has not passed certification on a first attempt, we can assume that hospitals write bylaws to attract doctors who are among the best in their chosen specialties. Unfortunately, some bylaws unwittingly block physicians certified by respected osteopathic boards, non-U.S. boards, and any new board that is not associated with the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Indeed, hospitals should strive to maintain the highest quality of medical care, but if bylaws restrict a perfectly qualified and experienced doctor who just so happens to be certified with a non-ABMS board, it is patients who ultimately suffer. Because medical staff bylaws serve to establish quality, they should be written as carefully as possible to achieve this goal.

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) is one of the three nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying bodies. At the ABPS, we are committed to providing patients with the best medical care possible. Our strict eligibility requirements and rigorous examination process ensure that any physician who earns certification through one of our Member Boards is able to provide the highest level of patient care.

To learn more about the ABPS and its unwavering commitment to meeting the healthcare needs of the public, contact us today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

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