ABPS Urgent Care Physician Board Certification Eligibility Highlights

Urgent CareIn addition to the standard requirements for eligibility expected of every application with the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), physicians who seek board certification through the Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM) must meet the specific requirements of that specialty.

The primary BCUCM-specific eligibility requirement is completion of a residency training program approved by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and deemed acceptable to the Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine. Failing that, an applicant can become eligible by holding current Board Certification acquired prior to Dec. 31, 2001.

In addition to the primary eligibility requirements above, applicants must meet at least one of the following general qualifications:

  • Two consecutive years (2,800 hours) of Urgent Care Medicine practice or are currently practicing Urgent Care Medicine and have acceptable equivalent acute care experience, in addition to the prescribed residency
  • Two consecutive years as a full-time Urgent Care Medicine instructor with 2,800 hours of Urgent Care practice
  • Five consecutive years of Urgent Care Medicine practice (7,000 hours) or are currently practicing Urgent Care Medicine and have acceptable equivalent acute care experience and the appropriate residency or board certification
  • Completion of a 12-month Urgent Care Medicine Fellowship training program approved by the academic committee of the Urgent Care Association of America

For more details on the eligibility requirements for applicants who wish to achieve board certification through the BCUCM, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

ABPS provides a guarantee of a high level of competency. Not only has this been good for my professional development but it has assured my patients that the clinicians they see are trained to the highest degree.


Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC
Integrative Medicine
I value my ABPS certification very highly because it is one-of-a-kind certification in Urgent Care Medicine under the auspices of a larger, reputable organization. I really enjoy the professional and personal relationships I have formed with other individuals in the development of this new board and appreciate the great lengths that ABPS goes to ensure and enhance the recognition of it's component boards.
Joseph D. Toscano, MD
Urgent Care Medicine
ABPS gives its members unique opportunities to learn and develop professionally. I have been practicing Emergency Medicine for over 27 years and have been privileged to be a member of this fabulous organization. Through ABPS I have developed tremendously in my professional career becoming a consummate practitioner of my trade, a physician leader locally at my hospital, in my region , at the state level, and a published clinical researcher.
Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine