The American Board of Physician Specialties Announces Development of Physician Board Certification in Administrative Medicine

May 18, 2015

Tampa, FL – The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) has announced an innovative board of certification for physician leaders involved in healthcare management and administration, or physicians that have administrative responsibilities in clinical practice. The American Board of Administrative Medicine® (ABAM), a newly formed Member Board of ABPS, is in the final stages of development. It’s anticipated that the board will begin accepting applications in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Healthcare reform is creating new opportunities for physician leaders with business management qualifications, and this type of program is a perfect match for those physicians. Qualified physician leaders wishing to distinguish themselves as experts in administrative medicine should consider becoming board certified. Eligibility requirements to be certified by ABAM are available online.

“Administrative medicine is when physicians practice in leadership and management roles, not only in their physician office or group, but also within other areas of health care,” explains Judy L. Smith, MD, MS, CPE, FACS. The board certification process through the ABAM standardizes the skills and abilities that are needed for physicians to be strong leaders and effective managers of large healthcare organizations. This creates an environment that stimulates innovation and forward thinking, while keeping the organization grounded to its roots.

“It’s great that many physicians are recognizing that they want to be leaders, and we’re trying to create a pathway that will allow them to have all the necessary certification and proof that they are ready to lead and take on bigger challenges,” said George Williams, MD, MMM, FACEP.

The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), the official certifying body of the American Association of Physicians Specialists® (AAPS), is a nationally-recognized, multi-specialty certifying body that provides opportunities for qualified physicians to pursue board certification and re-certification in various specialties. ABPS Diplomates serve in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and Canada, and represent the very best in their chosen fields. For more information, please visit the American Board of Physician Specialties website.

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