How the ABPS Helps Hospital Recruiters

Recruiting Hospital PhysiciansHospital recruiters who are trying to navigate challenges related to an ongoing physician shortage might be able to find help via the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

The ABPS believes that qualified primary care physicians with a great deal of emergency department and other hospital experience – a status that particularly applies to rural physicians – should be afforded the opportunity to achieve board certification in a relevant specialty. That is why the ABPS developed and administers the American Board of Hospital Medicine (ABHM) and the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM). These boards exist to provide a platform for qualified physicians who wish to build careers as hospitalists prove that they have mastered the core competencies required to provide the best available care in a hospital setting.

Hospital recruiters can effectively help mitigate the local effects of the nationwide shortage of physicians in emergency departments by seeking to hire primary care physicians with extensive emergency department experience. One potential obstacle to increasing the depth of the talent pool available to some recruiters is a hiring policy that ignores the fact that so many long-time primary care specialists have, in fact, accrued decades of meaningful emergency medicine experience. The fact is, many of these physicians already have performed admirably as de facto hospitalists – and therefore should be considered for hire once they have passed the BCEM and/or ABHM exams.

All Member Boards of the ABPS, including the BCEM and the ABHM, develop their exams under rigorous standards that are comparable to – and in some cases, exceed – those of other established board certifying bodies. Hospital recruiters should note, also, that the advent of online verification of certification credentials makes it simpler than ever to confirm a physician’s status.

In addition, the ABPS provides recruiters a cost-free option for bringing job openings to the attention of ABPS Diplomates by placing free ads in the ABPS career bulletin and the online career center. To find out more about how the ABPS, the BCEM and the ABHM can help relieve some of the issues being faced by hospital recruiters, contact us today.


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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