Why Urgent Care Physicians Should Consider Board Certification through the BCUCM

Urgent CareAs urgent care clinics have proliferated in the United States, more and more physicians have gravitated toward this emerging medical field. To meet that need, the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) developed the Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM), the only recognized body that offers urgent care physicians the opportunity to earn board certification in that specialty.

Why is it important for physicians who practice urgent care to seek board certification in that medical specialty? For the same reasons any specialist chooses to become board certified in his or her field – to distinguish him- or herself as an accomplished practitioner within that specialty. This is particularly important in an increasingly competitive field like urgent care, wherein anything that truly distinguishes one physician from another is worth adding to the CV. Simply put, board certification through the ABPS allows practicing urgent care physicians to differentiate themselves from an increasingly crowded field.

BCUCM exams are developed following the most rigorous standards, and eligibility requirements also are geared specifically to qualified physicians who have decided to make a career in urgent care. In general, allopathic and osteopathic physicians in the United States and Canada who are residency-trained and who currently practice urgent care are eligible to apply for urgent care medical board certification through the BCUCM.

To learn more about the BCUCM, or for more details about why board certification is important for urgent care physicians, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.


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