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.®

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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.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine