Physician Leaders are Transforming Healthcare

Physician LeadersFor many years, one of the largest problems facing the American healthcare system has been a shortage of physician leaders. As medicine has become more streamlined, economized, and consolidated, hospital groups and other large healthcare organizations have tended to be led by business leaders, not medical doctors. However, in response to recent changes in healthcare policy, there are more opportunities for motivated physicians to assume leadership positions in the sector than ever before.

Hospitals and physicians have always had a complicated relationship as both groups have relied on one another heavily but also competed for patients and funding. Physicians have needed hospitals not only for employment but also as a point of referral for patients requiring more advanced treatment and diagnostic services. Hospitals, meanwhile, have relied on physicians for staffing purposes and an increased commitment to 24/7 care. Yet, in the last several decades, the healthcare industry has moved away from competing physicians operating independently throughout the community into more accountable care organizations, often in area hospitals. In fact, “[b]y 2013, hospital full-time equivalent employment has grown to more than 122,000, a 74 percent increase since 1998.”

This has far reaching implications for the healthcare industry, and has led to the genesis of several new industries that have quickly become among the most important in the sector. Today, leadership opportunities exist for physicians who are interested in not just medicine but also the business side of medicine. Increasingly, physicians are making the decision to not only obtain their MD or DO but their MBA as well, and all across the country medical schools offer dual track degree programs that might have once been unheard of but today are common.

Physicians who are dedicated to making their careers in a hospital setting, known as hospitalists, are among the most sought after specialists in the industry. These physicians have recognized the increasingly important role of hospitals throughout the country and have training that focuses on the unique challenges that come with administering efficient, personalized care in a hospital environment. It’s another specialty that is commonplace today that has arisen as a result of the restructuring of the healthcare system as a whole.

At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we have recognized the new opportunities for the next generation of healthcare providers and have developed several Member Boards, including the American Board of Administrative Medicine® and American Board of Hospital Medicine®, to recognize the most trained and experienced physicians in North America through board certification. To learn more, contact us today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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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