Urgent Care Certification from the BCUCM

Urgent Care CertificationAs urgent care centers continue to proliferate across the country, it has become increasingly necessary for experienced, qualified urgent care physicians and practices to find ways to differentiate themselves from others. The most effective way to do that is to achieve urgent care certification through the Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM), a member board of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

Demand for urgent care services by patients and insurers has surged in recent years, and it is expected to continue to do so as the public gains familiarity with the convenience of medical service that acts as a bridge between primary care and emergency care. Urgent care certification through the BCUCM gives patients the peace of mind that comes with knowing a physician has demonstrated the knowledge base and skill set required for this emerging specialty.

What sets certification through the BCUCM apart?

  • We are the only board certifying body with more than 50 years of experience offering certification in this specialized field.
  • The examination is created through a rigorous process and vetted using industry-recognized psychometric standards.
  • The core competencies of the examination are taught at urgent care fellowship programs and nationally recognized urgent care conferences.
  • The BCUCM is composed of rotating, independent, volunteer board members from across a broad range of practice settings and relevant specialties.

Eligibility to test for urgent care certification through the BCUCM is open to allopathic and osteopathic physicians in the United States and Canada who are residency-trained and practicing urgent care medicine full-time. The BCUCM is overseen by dedicated urgent care physicians from the U.S. and Canada, many of whom are dual-boarded by multiple bodies of certification.

For details about eligibility requirements, contact the ABPS.


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