The Future of Urgent Care Medicine

The Future of Urgent Care MedicineAccording to a report in the January 2019 issue of The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine, the number of primary care physicians in the United States is expected to decline significantly in the coming decade. For urgent care centers, this will yield a special challenge. Already many of them are staffed by physicians who are certified in primary care fields like family medicine or internal medicine, and the fact that hospital-based urgent care centers continue to prioritize hiring physicians certified in that emerging specialty only complicates the challenge.

Centers may advertise that their physicians are board certified, but that doesn’t mean they are certified in urgent care medicine. In North America, the only multispecialty certifying body that offers physician certification in urgent care is the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS). To distinguish themselves in an increasingly competitive marketplace, practicing urgent care physicians can seek certification through the Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM), a Member Board of the ABPS.

As urgent care centers evolve to meet patients’ demands for the convenience that these centers provide, the need for doctors certified in this specialty will only increase. Certification through the BCUCM allows physicians who practice urgent care full-time to demonstrate their expertise in providing high-level diagnostic services and treatment at an urgent care center.

To earn BCUCM certification, candidates must meet stringent eligibility requirements and pass rigorous psychometrically evaluated exams. As a result, only the most skilled and dedicated practitioners become BCUCM Diplomates. In the medical industry, physician certification is a mark of distinction, and BCUCM Diplomates are considered leaders in their field who boost the reputation of urgent care centers and provide patients with confidence in the quality of urgent care centers’ services.

In general, allopathic and osteopathic physicians in the United States and Canada who are residency-trained and who currently practice urgent care full time are eligible to apply for certification through the BCUCM. For more information about eligibility requirements, or about how the BCUCM can expand your career opportunities in urgent care medicine, contact the ABPS today.

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Emergency Medicine
In this time of uncertainty, Disaster Medicine Certification has helped tremendously to demonstrate to hospital leadership my commitment to disaster preparedness and knowledge of planning, response, and mitigation. ABODM certification focuses on the knowledge and skills a physician needs to become a recognized leader in the four stages of disaster preparation and management: planning, coordination, execution, and debriefing.

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Disaster Medicine | Emergency Medicine
ABPS board certification validates a physician's competence in their medical specialty. This is important to a patient seeking medical care. Physician recertification through ABPS assures that we maintain knowledge and expertise throughout our career. The ABPS is a collegial and committed organization of physicians and administrative staff. The organization has given me the opportunity to become involved in all facets of the board certification process and physician governance.

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