Why Do Physicians Become Certified in Multiple Specialties?

Physicians Multiple Board CertificationBoard certification has become one of the most trusted indicators used to identify highly qualified and reputable physicians. Officially, becoming board certified is still a voluntary process, and certification is not required to practice medicine. But, in practice, more and more patients are choosing to be treated by board certified physicians; employers are prioritizing hiring board certified physicians; and physicians themselves are prioritizing becoming professionally validated with board certification in their area of expertise. It’s for this reason that, today, more and more physicians are becoming certified in multiple specialties.

Another reason that there are more physicians certified in multiple specialties than ever before is that medicine itself has become more specialized. Simply put, there are more areas to become board certified in than ever before. And, in many cases, there is a certain degree of common ground between the specialty areas. Here are some examples of combinations of specialties that are frequently seen in the medical field:

  • Family Medicine & Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine & Urgent Care
  • Emergency Care & Urgent Care
  • Emergency Care & Disaster Medicine
  • Family Medicine & Family Medicine Obstetrics
  • Internal Medicine & Hospital Medicine
  • Hospital Medicine & Administrative Medicine

These days, it is highly advantageous for a physician to be certified in his or her area(s) of expertise, and more and more are making the time commitment needed to certify and re-certify. In some cases, as hospitals are increasingly requiring hiring individuals with board certification, and insurance groups are putting an added emphasis on board certification, it’s for all intents and purposes an essential step for physicians who intend to practice medicine in their specialty area.

At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we have a strong history of working with our Diplomates to provide Board Certification in several different specialty areas. Many of our Diplomates have multiple board certifications and we would be happy to walk you through the eligibility requirements with each of our Member Boards. If you are a member of the public, you are also welcome to confirm the credentials of a physician using the ABPS online verification tool found here. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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Emergency Medicine
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Integrative Medicine