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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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