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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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
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.

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Administrative Medicine