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Why Urgent Care Certification?

Urgent Care CertificationToday, urgent care clinics can be found all across the United States, but in terms of the history of American medicine, they are a relatively new to the scene. Not too long ago, patients seeking urgent care for non-life threatening medical situations would have very few options beyond the long wait time for a doctor appointment or the discomfort of a crowded hospital emergency room. Urgent care centers emerged to fill the gap. A recent report estimates that there are more than 9,000 such facilities in the country.

The service continues to grow and evolve. Recognizing that patients with minor aches, illnesses, or injuries prefer the access and convenience that urgent care centers provide, hospitals have established their own urgent care facilities. But as urgent care centers proliferate, the marketplace becomes increasingly competitive. In an attempt to distinguish themselves, some urgent care centers advertise that their physicians are board certified, which doesn’t always mean they are certified in urgent care. The fact is, many urgent care centers are staffed by doctors who certified in family medicine or emergency medicine. There is also a challenge specific to the current medical landscape – that is, hospitals typically require physicians to certify in the specialty being practiced. For hospital-based urgent care centers, certification by the Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine fills this need.

The BCUCM is a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), which is the only multi-specialty certifying body that offers board certification in urgent care. For physicians to earn certification through the BCUCM, they must meet strict eligibility requirements and pass rigorous exams vetted with industry-recognized psychometric criteria. BCUCM Diplomates demonstrate that they are accomplished practitioners, uniquely positioned to practice urgent care medicine at the highest level. Because hiring board certified physicians brings prestige and authority to any medical institution, hiring a physician certified through the BCUCM lets hospital-based urgent care centers stand out from the pack with doctors who have superior knowledge and skills, and adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.

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 urgent care medicine board certification through the BCUCM.

To learn more about the how board certification through the BCUCM can benefit your hospital’s urgent care facility, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®