Seasoned Physicians are Responding to Rapid Growth in Urgent Care Medicine

Urgent Care Medicine | ABPSThe primary model for how Americans receive basic healthcare treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and acute illnesses has evolved in the 21st century. Increasingly, patients of all ages are turning to the urgent care model of healthcare – local, walk-in clinics that appeal because of their low cost, minimal wait times, and extended business hours. From a provider’s standpoint, Urgent Care medicine is also appealing because it is popular with patients, is a profitable business model, and doesn’t come with some of the red tape and inherent challenges that come with working in a large hospital infrastructure. This is where the Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM) under the direction of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) can be highly beneficial.

With the Urgent Care delivery model of medicine growing rapidly and new immediate care clinics opening up every day, many highly trained, seasoned physicians are electing to transition from traditional private practice to this novel approach. As a result, competition in the specialty is at an all-time high, and in many markets, physicians need to be able to demonstrate competitive advantages to draw foot traffic into their clinic.

Urgent care physicians candidates can view our updated application and exam fee schedule here for more information

At the BCUCM, offer an opportunity for highly experienced, residency-trained physicians with extensive experience in urgent care medicine to demonstrate themselves as being physician leaders in this emerging field. The general public knows and trusts the board certification distinction as an indicator of the abilities of the physician and being able to demonstrate oneself as an expert in Urgent Care can be a significant benefit. Diplomates of the BCUCM not only gain professional advantages for being recognized as having mastered the core concepts and competencies that define the field, they also become part of a like-minded community of Urgent Care leaders who share best practices and help to steer the specialty forward.

If you are an experienced physician who works in Urgent Care medicine, consider the benefits to having your expertise validated through formal board certification. Full eligibility requirements for the BCUCM can be found here.

To learn more, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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