ABPS Recognizes Contributions of Medical Staff Services Employees to Nation’s Healthcare System

ABPS Recognizes Contributions of Medial Staff Services Employees to Nation’s Healthcare SystemWhen you go to a hospital for a medical procedure, you need to trust that the healthcare professionals on staff have the appropriate credentials. That they are well-trained, with the knowledge and expertise to provide outstanding care, should be beyond dispute. But who exactly ensures that this is indeed the case? In hospitals, managed care organizations, and group practices across the country, that vital work is performed by medical staff service employees.

Medical services professionals are effectively a facility’s gatekeepers. To patients and visitors, these staffers may not be very visible, but they are the dedicated professionals who work behind the scenes to ensure that all the facility’s physicians are credentialed and verified to provide high quality medical care. The job of MSPs, essentially, is to make sure that doctors are who they claim to be. Specifically, MSPs maintain databanks to track physician training, experience, and licensure, in addition to managing accredited continuing medical education programs that help doctors maintain clinical competency.

The expertise of MSPs also plays an important role in establishing and maintaining the community’s trust in a facility. Without MSPs to ensure that doctors are properly credentialed, not only can trust in the facility’s brand be hurt, but so can trust in all physicians at the facility. Furthermore, MSPs use their knowledge about policies, procedures, and bylaws to protect hospitals by keeping physicians and other healthcare staffers focused on proper policies.

As healthcare evolves, MSPs are performing more diverse roles within organizations, from quality assurance to risk management. In the United States, the National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) supports the professional growth of MSPs by providing educational resources and by developing, administering, and promoting certification programs that measure knowledge of current industry standards and practices.

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) applauds the commitment of MSPs in monitoring the competence of physicians and other practitioners in healthcare facilities. As the third-largest nationally recognized physician multi-specialty certifying body in the country, the ABPS aims to help to provide patients with exceptional medical care by recognizing licensed physicians who have mastered their medical specialties.

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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