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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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

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
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