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.

Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine